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Black Man Survives Lynching

July 10, 2009 |  4:00 am


 July 10, 1899, Trilby


July 10, 1899: Dick "Trilby" Williams, an African American charged with killing two white men, survives being lynched because the marshal of Alma, Kan., cut him down after six minutes. Although this story says Williams wasn't expected to live, a story three days later reported that Williams' neck had not been broken and he was likely to survive. The Times never reported anything further on whether he was tried.
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