Allen Carter (Lynching of)

Sometime during the first week of August 1892, an African-American man named Allen Carter was lynched at Wynne (Cross County) for allegedly assaulting his fourteen-year-old daughter. While the method of the murder is not specified, brief reports from across the United States indicate that the mob that lynched him was composed entirely of African Americans.

There exists insufficient documentary evidence to determine the identity of Carter, and reports differ as to when exactly Carter was lynched. According to the August 6 issue of the Daily Public Ledger, Carter was arrested on Tuesday, August 2. The mob later removed him from jail and lynched him. Other similar published accounts vary on the date of the lynching, placing it anywhere from August 3 to August 5.

For additional information:
“Colored Man Lynched.” Daily Public Ledger (Maysville, Kentucky), August 6, 1892, p. 3.

Untitled. Warren Sheaf (Warren, Minnesota), August 11, 1892, p. 2.

Untitled. Washington Bee, August 13, 1892, p. 4.

Nancy Snell Griffith
Davidson, North Carolina

Last Updated: 12/29/2018