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Ohio Lynchings: Seymour Newlin
(AKA Seymour Neville)

The Columbus Dispatch
Monday, April 16, 1894
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He Had Assaulted an Aged Woman--
Hanged to a Cottonwood Tree.

BELLEFONTAINE, O., April 16.--Seymour Newlin, a negro with a bad reputation, committed a criminal assault Saturday night upon an aged woman named Mrs. Knowles, living at Rushsylvania, Logan county, O. He, was captured yesterday morning, but when the Sheriff arrived from Bellefontaine to take charge of the prisoner a mob which had collected refused to give him up. The Sheriff summoned a posse, but still the mob would not yield. A call was then made upon the militia and a company left Bellefontaine late in the afternoon for the scene of the trouble.

Seymour Newlin (AKA Seymour Neville)

The crowd of infuriated citizens at Rushsylvania were apprised of the departure of the military and long before their arrival were armed and massed around the calaboose to receive them, and when the company arrived at the building a hundred voices warned them that the citizens were determined that blood would flow before the prisoner would be surrendered and that any effort at force would be useless, as dynamite bombs were under the building and that the prisoner would be blown to atoms if a gun was fired.

Sheriff Sullivan then held a long parley with the leaders of the mob and it was finally decided that if Sheriff Sullivan would order the militia to Bellefontaine the citizens would guard the prisoner till morning and give him a hearing in Rushsylvania and that Sheriff Sullivan would make no further attempt to get the man until after the trial.

At 8:50 the mob made a raid on the calaboose. The building was overturned and the struggling negro quickly taken from it. A rope had been provided. a noose was put about the neck of the trembling wretch and he was dragged to a cottonwood tree about 150 yards distant. Very little was said and no opportunity was given to the prisoner to make a confession or statement. A dozen willing hands grasped the rope and the negro was swung into the air. As his body arose above the mob, the air was rent with the shouts of the men and women who had assembled to witness the lynching.

As soon as the work was finished the mob dispersed and quiet was restored.

Marion Was Represented.

Special to THE DISPATCH:

MARION, O., April 16.--A large number from here helped swell the crowd at Rushsylvania Sunday to witness the lynching of Seymour Newlin, colored, for ciminally assaulting Mr.s Ann Knowles. Over 2,000 people from this section of the country gathered at the village. A surging mass filled the streets all day.

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