Waco Mob Could Not Wait For Justice

A week to the day after he was arrested for the rape and murder of a wealthy white woman in Robinson, Jesse Washington was found guilty on May 15, 1916 by an all-white, all-male jury and sentenced to death.

But a Waco mob could not wait for the black man’s legal hanging.  Washington was dragged from the courtroom and lynched on the square, where his body was set afire and burned for two hours.  Photographs were taken of the gruesome sight and made into postcards that sold like hot cakes. 

 

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