Lynching of Jim Taylor
|Lynching of Jim Taylor|
|Location||Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Date||April 29, 1891|
Jim Taylor was an African-American man who lived and worked as a sharecropper on a farm owned by James Hodge, two miles from Franklin. He was described as "a very large negro", who was "feared by his own race and regarded as desperate" by The Daily American, and as "a dangerous character" by The Leaf-Chronicle.
On April 29, 1891, a circus troupe with many African Americans was in Franklin. Taylor went to Franklin and reportedly shot a circus artist named Morrellton. A policeman named Charles Cook tried to arrest him, and Taylor reportedly shot him in the neck. Taylor was arrested. He reportedly carried two guns and a knife. He was taken to the Williamson County Jail in Franklin.
At 10p.m., a mob entered the jail and dragged him out of his cell. They took him to the bridge on Murfreesboro Road (near modern-day Pinkerton Park), where they hanged him and riddled his body with bullets. The mob, who were on horseback, left shortly after, and Taylor's body was found the next morning.
The lynchers were not identified.
- "Judge Lynch Presided. Would-Be Murderer Strung Up at Franklin. His Most Atrocious Assault on an Officer Avenged. The Body Dangling by the Roadside on the Outskirts. He Also Shot a Circus Man, Who Was Brought to Nashville for Treatment--A Deserved Fate". The Daily American. Nashville, Tennessee. April 30, 1891. Retrieved May 14, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Taken from the Jail and Hanged". The Leaf-Chronicle. Clarksville, Tennessee. May 1, 1891. p. 1. Retrieved May 14, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Berger, Paul (December 20, 2014). "Midnight in Tennessee - The Untold Story of the First Jewish Lynching in America". Haaretz. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
Three years later, Jim Taylor, a black man accused of shooting a policeman, was seized by a mob from Williamson County’s sheriff and hung from the Murfreesboro Pike bridge.