Lynch Mob in Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania was not a State in the former Confederacy.

Bernhard Thuersam, Executive Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Post Office Box 328
Wilmington, NC 28402

Lynchmob in Pennsylvania:

"On August 11, 1911, a Negro named Ezekiel Walker killed an employee of a steel company in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. While pursued by a lynch mob, Walker shot himself in the mouth and was taken to a hospital. Screaming "dont give me a crooked death because I’m not white," he was later taken from the hospital, roped to his cot, and dumped on a pile of rubbish to which a match was touched. When the flames burned the ropes, Walker rose from the cot and attempted to escape, only to be hurled back into the flames."

(A Mask for Privilege, Anti-Semitism in America, Carey McWilliams, Little, Brown & Company, 1948, page 73)