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[GA] Will Fambro killed by the MOB(Griffin, GA)

NEGRO KILLED BY ANGRY MOB

House riddled with bullets by outlaws in Spalding County

Griffin, GA, Feb 24, 1903...Will Fambro colored was killed this morning at 2 o'clock by a mob composed of unknown white men.
The mob went to Fambros home on H.G. Thurman's place about one-half mile from the Spalding cotton mills, and fired hundreds of shots from guns, pistols and Winchesters into the room occupied by the negro, his wife and three children.
Fambro's wife and children at the first volley, hid in a closet while he went into an adjoining room. As he gained this room the mob began battering on the door and demanding that it be opened. Their demands were not complied with and after shattering out a panel of the door they began pouring a continuous stream of lead into the room.
One load struck FAMBRO in the right breast just below the nipple and made a frightful wound which must have caused instant death, as he was found dead this morning in the kitchen.
After firing the shot which killed their victin the mob again demanded admittance to the house. Fambro's wife replied to the mob by stating that she was afraid to open the door. She was then informed to open the door. She was then informed that unless she forced her husband from the house they would fire the building and barn him out, declaring they intended her no harm, but that they were going to kill her husband.
Mr. Thurman heard the firing and hastilly dressed and approached within abotu fifty yards of the maddened crowd and commanded them to leave, but no attention was paid to him. Mrs. Thurman came out in her front yard and hearing the negro woman pleading with the crowd, told her to not let them in as help would soon reach her.
This evidently frightened the mob for they immediatly left after firing one shot at Mrs. Thurman. As they retreated into the woods they continued to fire at the negro house and kept up the fusillade until they disappeared from sight. It is said that at least three hundred shots were fired.
The cause of the tragedy dates back to about the first of last Jan. at which time Fambro was driving for the Spalding mills. He became intoxicated one day and while in that state grossly insulted a lady and child.
He was arrested and at teh Jan. term of Spalding superior court pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $40 which was paid by Mr. Thurman with the understanding that the negro was to work it out.
After the case had been settled and before Fambro moved to the country, a crowd of men went to his home in this city at night with the determination of doing him bodily harm, but he was not at home. It is said that on more than one occasion threats had been made against his life, but as he had been punished by the courts for his crime it was not believed the threats would be carried out.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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