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Alfred H. Stone Collection
Volume: 15

6. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Lynch Law in Georgia. A Six-Weeks’ Record in the Center of Southern Civilization, as Faithfully Chronicled by the “Atlanta Journal” and the “Atlanta Constitution.” Also the Full Report of Louis P. Le Vin, the Chicago Detective Sent to Investigate the Burning of Samuel Hose, the Torture and Hanging of Elijah Strickland, the Colored Preacher, and the Lynching of Nine Men for Alleged Arson (Chicago: n.p., [1899?]). (18 p.)

Pamphlet as described by the title. The author notes that twelve African Americans were lynched in Georgia over a six-week period, only one of whom was charged with an assault upon a woman. Louis P. Le Vin was a private investigator hired by African Americans in Chicago to investigate the lynchings. A clipping from an unidentified newspaper concerning Le Vin’s report is tipped in on the first page. The second paragraph of the clipping reads as follows. “One of the most astonishing charges made in his [Le Vin’s] report is that the railroad officials, who made up a special train for the lynching party after the capture of Hose, actually advertises the contemplated burning and sold tickets to people attracted by the advertisements. Detective Levin [sic] said that the torture and hanging of the aged colored preacher, Elijah Strickland, was without a shadow of reason.”