Finding aid prepared by Krystle Farman
Lexington News Extra - Lynched
1902 August 12
University of Kentucky Special Collections
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2010MS034 : [identification of item], Lexington News Extra - Lynched, 1902 August 12, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
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The Lexington News Extra - Lynched consists of a single news extra from 1902 about the lynching of Charles Salyer and Harry Gates for the murder of George W. Johnson. The news extra provides details of both the murder of Johnson, as well as the men who stormed the jail and lynched the two men.
In Lexington in 1902, Charles Slayers and Henry Gates were charged with the murder of George W. Johnson. A week later and in response to the murder, a group of masked men stormed the jail and took Slayers, a young white man, and Gates, a young black man, into their custody. They proceeded to hang both men from a nearby tree. Little information is known about the two men who were lynched by the mob, and the details of the murder for which they died is just as elusive. The murder of George W. Johnson occurred as Gates and Slayers were attempting to steal chickens for payment of a gambling debt.
News release on the lynching of "Charles Salyers and Harry Gates, murderers of George W. Johnson, swung from the same limb."