Eighteen Citizens of McLean County Arrested (1911)

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Calhoun, Ky., May 14 – Indictments were returned here yesterday against eighteen well known citizens of McLean county growing out of the lynching of the negro, William POTTER, at Livermore, about three weeks ago.  Three of the indictments charge murder.

The mob’s victim was accused of having shot and wounded a white man, William MITCHELL, outside a poolroom in Livermore.  The negro was arrested immediately after the tragedy, but shot down while in the custody of the officers.

Indignation at the lynching was freely expressed throughout McLean county, and despite the prominence of the men said to have been involved, a grand jury made a thorough investigation.

Hopkinsville Kentuckian. (Hopkinsville, Ky.), 16 May 1911. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069395/1911-05-16/ed-1/seq-1/>

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