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The Lynching of Patterson by Colored Men.

A loud wail goes up from the Radical organs over the lynching of Patterson, in Yazoo, but they forget to say anything about the unfortunate colored man whom he caused to be murdered. It turns out that it was all the work of colored people. Patterson and his accomplice were colored, and he was tried, condemned and executed by colored men - two-thirds of whom were, no doubt, Republicans. The Yazoo Herald says:

On being captured, the murderer confessed everything; and upon his testimony Patterson was arrested and adjudged guilty by the large number of negroes living on the place where the bloody deed was committed the night before. They were terribly excited against him. His body, when next seen, was in a state of suspension. The negro who acted as Patterson's proxy, upon the bloody occasion in question, is now in jail, and it is only a question of time when he, too, will take a swing at the expense of the county.


Clarion-Ledger, “Clarion-Ledger clipping,” Mississippi State University Libraries, accessed December 3, 2023,

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