Lexington News Extra - Lynched

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lexington News Extra - Lynched
Date
1902 August 12
Extent
0.23 Cubic feet
Subjects
Lynching.
Murder.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Krystle Farman
Preferred Citation
2010MS034 : [identification of item], Lexington News Extra - Lynched, 1902 August 12, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
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.
Scope and Content
News release on the lynching of "Charles Salyers and Harry Gates, murderers of George W. Johnson, swung from the same limb."

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
The intellectual rights to the collection reside with University of Kentucky Archives.
Use Restrictions
Collection is available to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

Lexington News Extra - Lynched (original), 1902

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Lexington News Extra - Lynched (copy), 1902

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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