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, or they happened in another parish. 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. Four more men could be added to this list I suspect were lynched in October 1878: Daniel (or Saul) Hill, Herman Bell, Sam Wallace and Joshua Hall. All were shot, rumored to be by White Leaguers.
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 .
|NAME||Date of Death||Place||Alleged Crime|
|Atkins, Henry||30 Jul 1878||Courthouse square oak tree on the western side||Murder of Constable William Fitzgerald|
|Beaty, Jim||30 Jul 1878||Courthouse square oak tree on the western side||Murder of Constable William Fitzgerald|
|Bolden/Holden, George||28-Apr-1919||Cheniere station||Wrote an insulting note to a white woman, although he couldn’t read or write.|
|Bynum, Ferdinand||4 Nov 1876||shot and drowned Ward 1||Unknown – Possible voter intimidation.|
|Clark, John Albert||30 Apr 1884||China tree on St. John, Anna Grey Noe Park facing courthouse||Murder of John and Elizabeth Rogers|
|Day, John H.||14 Jun 1894||Planters Oil Mill (8th and Stone)||Arson|
|Eaton, Warren||22-Oct-1913||Telephone pole “Eastern part of Monroe”.||Making insulting remarks to a white woman.|
|Elmore, Marcellus||14 Dec 1892||On the D.D. Wood place||Accidentally hitting a white man’s wagon while passing.|
|Ferran, Washington “Wash”||2 Oct 1897||Tree in front of the courthouse||Rape of the daughters of Isham Landrum|
|Floyd, Garrison||9 Apr 1894||Carlin Station (near Buckhorn Bend)||Attempted rape of the 6 year old daughter of John Frantom.|
|Ford, A. (Rev. Dr.)||5 Nov 1893||Filhiol Plantation on Bayou DeSiard||Burned the Cotton Gin of J.P. Parker|
|Gardner, Henry||14-Mar-1907||Southwest corner of courthouse sq.||Murder of Samuel Diango.|
|Hill, King||30 Apr 1884||China tree on St. John, Anna Grey Noe Park facing courthouse||Murder of Nick Milling|
|Holmes, Henry||6-Aug-1914||Hung to a China tree behind Madden’s store||Murder of Jack Madden during a robbery|
|Jackson, James “Jim”||4 Oct 1876||Shot 1 mile from Monroe near Paragoud’s pasture.||Supported the Republican party|
|Johnson, Dan||6-Aug-1914||tree on the northeast corner of courthouse square||Murder of Jack Madden during a robbery|
|Johnson, Primus||10 Oct 1876||Shot at “The Island” near St. James Chapel||Republican party leader|
|Kendrick, Courtney||4 July 1897||St. James Church||Attempted Murder of Alexander Myatt|
|Lyle, Jim||9-Aug-1914||Boeuf River Land and Lumber Company commissary, Logtown||Shot for escaping an investigation of the murder of Hardin Purvis|
|McCauley, James||13 Sept 1896||Claiborne Road, eight miles from Monroe||Rape of two children|
|McIntyre||14 Apr 1889||Bayou DeSiard||Unknown|
|McNeal, George||16-Mar-1918||tree on the courthouse lawn opposite the High School||Rape of Mrs. Strozier|
|Mullican, John||30 Apr 1884||China tree on St. John, Anna Grey Noe Park facing courthouse||Murder of John and Elizabeth Rogers|
|Phillips, Ples||30 Jul 1878||Courthouse square oak tree on the western side||Murder of Constable William Fitzgerald|
|Pinkston, Henry||4 Nov 1876||Tortured and shot at St. James Chapel||Supported the Republican party|
|Pinkston, Infant Girl||4 Nov 1876||Throat cut at St. James Chapel (11 months old)||None (done for voter intimidation)|
|Porter, Laura||25-Jul-1910||Ouachita River||Robbery, larceny|
|Pruitt, Louis||6-Aug-1914||tree on the northeast corner of courthouse square||Murder of Jack Madden during a robbery|
|Rhodes, Merriman||4 Nov 1876||Shot at the “Island”||Supported the Republican party|
|Robinson, George||16 Feb 1886||Hung near the Freight Depot of the V.S. & P. Railroad||Murder of Millard F. Parker|
|Ross, Tom||30 Jul 1878||Courthouse square oak tree on the western side||Murder of Louis Collins|
|Schautriet, Alfred||26-Aug-1906||Calhoun, LA (downtown) hung to a telegraph pole||Attempted rape of Olive Chambliss|
|Smart, Abraham Lincoln||10 Jan 1896||Cuba?||Murder of Carlisle Douciere|
|Underwood, Tom||1 Jun 1894||Cole Plantation.||Murder of Lee Moore.|
|Unknown Black Male||11-Apr-1908||Body found floating in the Ouachita||May have been a man taken from the West Monroe jail for insulting a white man.|
|Wade, William S.||24-Aug-1909||South Grand Street, Monroe||Shooting Rampage.|
|Williams, Clyde||22-Apr-1918||McLain Station||Attempted murder of Charles L. Thomas|
|Williams, Flint||14-Mar-1907||Southwest corner of courthouse sq.||Murder of Samuel Diango.|
|Williams, George||31 Aug 1879||Hung by a mob on Fluker Plantation Island||Making threats against a Mr. Tidwell.|
3 thoughts on “Reported Lynchings in Ouachita Parish”
So interesting that people got hung not only for violent crimes but for supporting the Republican Party!
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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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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