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Howie (Joe) Davis

Killed October 25th, 1914, near Newport, Arkansas.  Davis was taken from jail around noon on a Sunday, and lynched in the courthouse yard “about a stone’s throw” from where church services were in progress, according to news accounts.  No arrests were made, nor was the sheriff disciplined for failing to protect his prisoner.  However, another man arrested on the same charges as Davis was taken to Little Rock for safe-keeping.

This incident is discussed in:

The Jonesboro Daily Tribune, October 28th, 1914

Joe Davis Jonesboro Daily Tribune 10281914-page-001

PDF: Joe Davis Jonesboro Daily Tribune 10281914

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