Reported Lynchings in Ouachita Parish

I have posted before, listing reports of lynchings that have been found in Ouachita Parish newspapers. I can see the stats that show what articles are looked at and at least once a week or more, someone is looking at that list. That got me curious as to how many known lynchings there are in just Ouachita Parish. I did some snooping. It was surprisingly hard.

First off, I couldn’t find a hard list of names. Most sites only state the number for each parish. Ouachita was among the bloodiest, at 38 persons. When some names were given, upon inspection, it sounded like it was a plain one on one murder. Some of the ones I have compiled in the chart below, I am still unsure of. For instance, Laura Porter was taken out of jail and was never seen again. The rumors are that she was thrown in the Ouachita River. Sometimes women were just run out of town and told never to return upon pain of death. That happened in Morehouse parish that I know of. It may have happened to Laura, but we will never know. I still added her. I think the rumors were true.

I found one report of a lynching in 1860 or so reported in national papers, yet the local Ouachita Register stated they wanted to lynch him but cooler heads prevailed and he was given a trial, found guilty and legally hung. Who do you believe?

This list is by NO means complete. I found 39 individuals. I wanted all of them, not just those reported between certain years. I used newspapers, government investigation documents and the abstracts of coroner’s reports to compile it. You will see that 1876 was by far the bloodiest year. It was said that bodies were seen floating down the Ouachita, but were probably never documented. It is said that Eaton Logwood died of his wounds several months later. He was wounded the same time as his friend Rev. Primus Johnson was killed holding his child. Logwood should probably be on this list too.

The youngest was a little girl, only 11 months old. We don’t even know her first name. She was killed in her mother’s arms and her father tortured and killed. Her mother Eliza Pinkston barely escaped with her life and is probably the most nationally known of the victims of 1876. Surprisingly, there are three white men on this list. Their names are in italics. Murder and arson were their alleged crimes. The area on and around the courthouse square is soaked in blood. At least 13 men were lynched to trees there or across the street where Anna Grey Noe park is now. For more information, you can find newspaper articles on Newspapers.com with your library card through our webpage here: https://www.oplib.org/history-databases .

NAMEDate of DeathPlaceAlleged Crime
Atkins, Henry30 Jul 1878Courthouse square oak tree on the western sideMurder of Constable William Fitzgerald
Beaty, Jim30 Jul 1878Courthouse square oak tree on the western sideMurder of Constable William Fitzgerald
Bolden/Holden, George28-Apr-1919Cheniere stationWrote an insulting note to a white woman, although he couldn’t read or write.
Bynum, Ferdinand4 Nov 1876shot and drowned Ward 1Unknown – Possible voter intimidation.
Clark, John Albert30 Apr 1884China tree on St. John, Anna Grey Noe Park facing courthouseMurder of John and Elizabeth Rogers
Day, John H.14 Jun 1894Planters Oil Mill (8th and Stone)Arson
Eaton, Warren22-Oct-1913Telephone pole “Eastern part of Monroe”.Making insulting remarks to a white woman.
Elmore, Marcellus14 Dec 1892On the D.D. Wood placeAccidentally hitting a white man’s wagon while passing.
Ferran, Washington “Wash”2 Oct 1897Tree in front of the courthouseRape of the daughters of Isham Landrum 
Floyd, Garrison9 Apr 1894Carlin Station (near Buckhorn Bend)Attempted rape of the 6 year old daughter of John Frantom.
Ford, A. (Rev. Dr.)5 Nov 1893Filhiol Plantation on Bayou DeSiardBurned the Cotton Gin of J.P. Parker
Gardner, Henry14-Mar-1907Southwest corner of courthouse sq.Murder of Samuel Diango.
Hill, King30 Apr 1884China tree on St. John, Anna Grey Noe Park facing courthouseMurder of Nick Milling
Holmes, Henry6-Aug-1914Hung to a China tree behind Madden’s storeMurder of Jack Madden during a robbery
Jackson, James “Jim”4 Oct 1876Shot 1 mile from Monroe near Paragoud’s pasture.Supported the Republican party
Johnson, Dan6-Aug-1914tree on the northeast corner of courthouse squareMurder of Jack Madden during a robbery
Johnson, Primus10 Oct 1876Shot at “The Island” near St. James ChapelRepublican party leader
Kendrick, Courtney4 July 1897St. James ChurchAttempted Murder of Alexander Myatt
Lyle, Jim9-Aug-1914Boeuf River Land and Lumber Company commissary, LogtownShot for escaping an investigation of the murder of Hardin Purvis
McCauley, James13 Sept 1896Claiborne Road, eight miles from MonroeRape of two children
McIntyre14 Apr 1889Bayou DeSiardUnknown
McNeal, George16-Mar-1918tree on the courthouse lawn opposite the High SchoolRape of Mrs. Strozier
Mullican, John30 Apr 1884China tree on St. John, Anna Grey Noe Park facing courthouseMurder of John and Elizabeth Rogers
Phillips, Ples30 Jul 1878Courthouse square oak tree on the western sideMurder of Constable William Fitzgerald
Pinkston, Henry4 Nov 1876Tortured and shot at St. James ChapelSupported the Republican party
Pinkston, Infant Girl4 Nov 1876Throat cut at St. James Chapel (11 months old)None (done for voter intimidation)
Porter, Laura25-Jul-1910Ouachita RiverRobbery, larceny
Pruitt, Louis6-Aug-1914tree on the northeast corner of courthouse squareMurder of Jack Madden during a robbery
Rhodes, Merriman4 Nov 1876Shot at the “Island”Supported the Republican party
Robinson, George16 Feb 1886Hung near the Freight Depot of the V.S. & P. RailroadMurder of Millard F. Parker
Ross, Tom30 Jul 1878Courthouse square oak tree on the western sideMurder of Louis Collins
Schautriet, Alfred26-Aug-1906Calhoun, LA (downtown) hung to a telegraph poleAttempted rape of Olive Chambliss
Smart, Abraham Lincoln10 Jan 1896Cuba?Murder of Carlisle Douciere
Underwood, Tom1 Jun 1894Cole Plantation.Murder of Lee Moore.
Unknown Black Male11-Apr-1908Body found floating in the OuachitaMay have been a man taken from the West Monroe jail for insulting a white man.
Wade, William S.24-Aug-1909South Grand Street, MonroeShooting Rampage.
Williams, Clyde22-Apr-1918McLain StationAttempted murder of Charles L. Thomas
Williams, Flint14-Mar-1907Southwest corner of courthouse sq.Murder of Samuel Diango.
Williams, George 31 Aug 1879Hung by a mob on Fluker Plantation IslandMaking threats against a Mr. Tidwell.

3 thoughts on “Reported Lynchings in Ouachita Parish

    1. The Republican Party then was not the Republic Paety of today. At that time, most African-Americans were Republicans, probably because Abraham Lincoln, a Republican President, freed some of the slaves. He did not free the slaves in the Union states, only those of the Confederacy. The Democratic Party was the party of racist and were decidedly violent. As you now know, the roles of the parties are reversed.

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  1. As I read some of the crime that was supposedly committed..I’ll bet a million dollars that majority of them are false. If you where a Black Male or Female. You where subject to death. Innocent black people where either in the wrong place at the wrong time or they where falsely accused for just being Black…

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