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The Barber family

Four members of the Barber family – Dan, Eula, Ella, and Jesse – were killed on January 14th, 1915.  They were taken from jail by a large mob and killed nearby.  This case created huge outcry compared to others, probably because two women were lynched, and involved possible complicity with local police.  The circumstances and scandal created led the Governor to push for an investigation, making this one of the few lynching cases with indictments and prosecution.

The case is discussed in many sources:

The Augusta Chronicle offered regular coverage of the case, including editorial commentary:

The Augusta Chronicle, January 16th, 1915

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PDF: Barber family Augusta Chronicle 01161915

The Augusta Chronicle, January 17th, 1915

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PDF: Barber family Augusta Chronicle 01171915

The Augusta Chronicle, January 22nd, 1915

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PDF: Barber family Augusta Chronicle 01221915

The Augusta Chronicle, February 17th, 1915

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PDF: Barber family Augusta Chronicle 02171915

The case was also covered in other papers throughout the South and around the country:

The Charlotte Observer, January 16th, 1915

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PDF: Barber family Charlotte Observer 01161915

Columbus Inquirer-Sun, January 16th, 1915

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PDF: Barber family Columbus Enquirer Sun 01161915

The Cleveland Gazette, January 23rd, 1915

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PDF: Barber family commentary Cleveland Gazette 01231915

The Freeman, January 23rd, 1915

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PDF: Barber family commentary Freeman 01231915

The Evening News, January 16th, 1915 (~2/3 down under “Condensed Dispatches”)

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PDF: Barber family Evening News 01161915

The Freeman, January 30th, 1915

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PDF: Barber family Freeman 01301915

The Columbus Enquirer-Sun, February 17th, 1915

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PDF: Barber family investigation Columbus Enquirer Sun 02171915

The Kansas City Star, January 22nd, 1915

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PDF: Barber family reward Kansas City Star 01221915

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