Hmmmm, maybe this is what we need. Maybe liberals should start buying guns too!
What a wonderful world it would be.
Such was the case on May 15, 1936, in Gordonsville, Virginia. William Wales and his sister Cora, both in their sixties, held off a lynch mob of five thousand for six hours until a gasoline-soaked torch tossed into the house killed them and burned their home to the ground. Gory details of the siege and subsequent killing of two "crazy" blacks filled local newspapers. Wilkins patched together a truer picture form Associated Press wires and the accounts of area residents. But, what really transcends the brutality in Gordonsville is the courage under fire that the Wales and so many other African Americans have displayed at such terrible times. From Wilkin's editorial:
Impatiently the mob waited for hours for the embers of the house to cool. Them, the killers rushed in and chopped up the two bodies for souvenirs to carry home. The story behind the slaughter is that...efforts had been made over a period of thirteen years to oust (the Wales) from their property. They refused to sell. The city condemned a part of their land to expand the cemetery. (After) their final refusal to vacate their home...local whites were forced to fall back upon the time-worn device of dragging some white woman into the quarrel and charging Wales with threatening her, "(a charge) she vigorously denied--after Wales was dead. Anyway, the sheriff swore out a warrant charging Wales with lunacy. When the sheriff appeared to serve the warrant he was shot and killed.
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The Vestal Tuccia Carrying Water, by Hector Leroux (French, 1829-1900).|