A Hanging in Nacogdoches: Murder, Race, Politics, and by Gary B. Borders

By Gary B. Borders

On October 17, 1902, in Nacogdoches, Texas, a black guy named James Buchanan used to be attempted with out illustration, condemned, and carried out for the homicide of a white family—all during 3 hours. white males performed pivotal roles in those occasions: invoice Haltom, a number one neighborhood Democrat and the editor of the Nacogdoches Sentinel, who condemned lynching yet defended lynch mobs, and A. J. Spradley, a Populist sheriff who, by using 1000's of country militiamen, slightly controlled to maintain the mob from burning Buchanan alive, purely to escort him to the gallows following his abbreviated trial. every one man's tale serves to light up part of the trail that ended in the bad parody of justice which lies on the center of A putting in Nacogdoches.

The flip of the 20th century was once a time of dramatic swap for the folk of East Texas. nervous by means of the Populist Party's makes an attempt to unite negative blacks and whites in a fight for monetary justice, white Democrats defended their energy base by means of exploiting racial tensions in a conflict that finally led to the total disenfranchisement of the black inhabitants of East Texas. In telling the tale of a unmarried lynching, Gary Borders dramatically illustrates the way in which politics and race mixed to carry awful violence to small southern cities like Nacogdoches.

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The stone house (which served only briefly as a fort, during a minor skirmish, and was used mainly as a mercantile establishment and home) was falling apart. In the past several decades it had been used mainly as a rather dilapidated saloon, and its new owners, the Perkins brothers, who ran a drugstore next door, wanted to tear it down and expand their store. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Cum Concilio Club, two organizations composed entirely of women, were leading a crusade to move the building intact into the center of the square.

Was jailed yesterday in default of $300 appearance bond. He is charged with theft of hogs in the Douglass beat [precinct] and also with maliciously shooting a horse belonging to Dr. ” Blacks, such as Jim Buchanan, who were accused of serious crimes could expect to find themselves referred to as “niggers” in the Sentinel, a not uncommon practice in southern newspapers, particularly those published in small towns where few whites were offended by the term. About the best a black man or woman could hope for in the newspaper was to be termed a negro, always lowercase, and given a smidgen of sympathy, as might happen, for example, if a respectable family lost its home in a fire.

35 Nacogdoches County was not considered one of the “Black Belt” counties in which blacks constituted a majority. In those counties, whites feared that blacks would soon control the political and economic system if drastic—and often violent—measures weren’t taken. There does not appear to have been any widespread, organized resistance on the parts of whites in Nacogdoches County to emancipation. But as Starr’s comments indicate, whites there had no intention of doing little more than outlasting the occupation forces and the Freedmen’s Bureau.

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