Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Missouri Mob After a Negro. The Lights Were Turned Out and the Negro Smuggled Away.Date: March 19 1900
Newspaper published in: Birmingham, AL
Joplin, Mo., March 18.
At 11 o'clock tonight a mob of nearly 2,000 citizens surrounded the city jail and demanded a negro who had been arrested in the evening for assaulting a 7 year old white girl. When the officers refused to surrender him the mob broke the jail office windows and crowded into the office. During the excitement the lights were turned out and the negro was smuggled from the building and started for Carthage, ten miles distant. The mob later learned that they had been fooled and started after midnight for Carthage bent on lynching the culprit.