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The Lynching of a Negro Fiend in Blakely...

BLAKELY, Ga., July 26 -- [Special.] -- Last Saturday Aaron Coachman,
colored, went into the house of his employer, Colonel Willis, a young
lawyer who had previously befriended him. Finding Mrs. Willis
nourishing her baby, he grasped the child from her, threw it violently
against the wall, nearly killing it, and seizing the lady around the
waist, made a desperate assault which the lady as desperately resisted.
Her screams brought assistance, when the would-be ravisher fled. Bands
of excited men at once set out in pursuit of the scoundrel, and for
several days searched in vain. The excitement which existed was most
intense. After several days the wretch was found and notwithstanding
the strong desire to lynch him then and there, cooler counsels
prevailed, and he was put in jail to await his trial. But the feeling
of the people was too intense to admit of delay. Women demanded
protection from husbands and brothers against these repeated attacks
upon them. This evening two hundred determined men surrounded the jail
-- not lawbreakers nor thoughtless -- but the solid men of the county.
They demanded and obtained possession of the body of Coachman, and
placing a halter around his neck, marched him to a neighboring tree,
threw the other end of the rope over a limb, and as the wretch was drawn
up into mid-air his body was fairly riddled with bullets. This lynching
was the cool, determined work of men who had measured the responsibility
for their act, and felt that it was justified by their duty to their
wives and sisters. This makes the fourth lynching in Georgia within a
month, in which the victims have been the despoilers of female
innocence. It is estimated that within the last three months fifteen
rapes have been committed upon white women in Georgia by colored men.
Stern measures are demanded for the protection of women in the black

27 July 1884, The Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) via Ancestry.

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