Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Family research its own reward

Bvenitta's grandmother told her Bill Williams got in "a spot of trouble and had to lay low" but didn't share details.

...a black mob lynched a white man for the alleged criminal assault of a black girl who died afterward, Bvenitta said. She learned Bill Williams was sentenced to be hanged in 1889 for his part in the death of the white man but he was pardoned because of a public outcry.

Through her research of newspaper stories and court records, Bvenitta learned the white man who was arrested for the rape of the black girl was going to be released for lack of evidence. That's when Bill Williams and other black men decided to hang the white man, she said.

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