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John Leacock was a small-town newspaperman in Kentucky who, in 1871, published an account of the trial of the accused in the infamous lynching of black man Robert Byrd.
In it, he wrote, “the verdict of the jury was unanimous in favor of the lynch mob.
I can imagine how it must have felt to be a small man, and how it felt to see a mob of men standing behind a wall of stones and stones, and watching as they hung the innocent young man in the street, and all that seemed to be left to them was a few words of prayer.
John Leacocks life and times are a fascinating, albeit fictional, history of the American South.
In his autobiography, John Leahes is candid about the lynching, and the years following.
In the book, he recounts his family and friends in the region, and their experiences with the lynchers.
Leacocks family moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Georgia in 1879.
In his first year in the state, Leaaks family had to move.
In 1882, Leacocked married Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of a local minister.
The couple had four children, and in 1894, the family moved back to Louisville, which Leaakes family would call home for many years.
As he writes in his autobiography , Leacocking lived in a large home in the city.
His first job was in a hardware store, and he also worked as a mail carrier and for a lumber company.
While at the lumber company, Leagocks first job involved sorting and packing lumber.
The lumber was then shipped to the lumber yards in the nearby town of Lexington, Kentucky.
At the time, Kentucky was a hotbed of lynching.
When Leaacks first arrived in Kentucky, the governor of Kentucky, Andrew B. Johnson, wanted to have a lynching trial in the capital city.
However, the capital was in the hands of an abolitionist, Robert E. Lee, who was a member of the Union army.
After being arrested, Lee, a Confederate soldier, was eventually tried for the murder of nine black men, including three of Leaacks family.
According to Leacanks family, Lee’s defense was that Lee had been defending his men against a slave uprising and that his attackers were attempting to lynch him.
Leacocker’s defense team argued that Lee was not guilty, and his acquittal came in a very controversial trial.
On March 17, 1865, the jury found Lee guilty of all nine charges, including the killing of three white men, wounding and killing a black man and burning two black women.
The jury was sequestered in the courthouse for nearly three days before they returned for their sentencing.
I was so nervous, I couldn’t think. “
Oh, no, sir, I never felt anything.
I was so nervous, I couldn’t think.
I had to get to bed.
I didn’t know what to think,” he told The Louisville Courier-Journal.
Lee was executed on July 2, 1865.
The trial sparked a nationwide protest that lasted for months.
In 1865, James Brown, a black slave, was hanged for killing a white man.
During the protest, Leas parents moved to the city of Louisville, where Leacalls father, who died at the age of 96, lived with Leaocks family.
John Leake died on February 26, 1877.
Read more about the life of John Leach here.