Tragedy at Memphis
"...As soon as this became generally known in the city, the citizens assembled at the jail, where the negro had by this time been taken, broke down the doors, took him out, and hung him to the nearest tree. Just before he was hung, he admitted that he belonged to a gentleman living near Coffeeville, Miss."
Fayetteville observer. (Fayetteville, Tenn.), 21 Jan. 1851. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85033395/1851-01-21/ed-1/seq-2/>