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Lynching of John H. Bigus, at Frederick, Maryland

FREDERICK, Md, November 23. -- John H. Bigus, colored, charged with
felonious assault on Mrs. Yeakle, an aged white woman, Friday last, was
taken from jail at 1:30 o'clock this morning and hanged to a tree, about
a quarter of a mile from the prison. Bigus declared his innocence, and
said Joe Hall, another colored man, was the perpetrator of the assault.
The sheriff denied admission to the masked lynchers, who battered down
the doors and took their victim from his cell. When the place of
execution was reached, Bigus asked to be permitted to pray, which was
granted him. After he was drawn up to the limb of the tree, three
pistol shots were fired into his body.

24 November 1887, The Atlanta Constitution (Georgia) via Ancestry.

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