Rowan County, NC

Alleged offense: Rape
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: Unrecorded
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): No
Legal intervention (following lynching): No
Mob size: Unrecorded
Mob members: Unrecorded
Alleged victim: Jane Irwin
Household Status: Unrecorded
Occupation: Unrecorded

George Johnson was accused of assaulting Mrs. Jane Erwin of Iredell County and was pursued by a mob. A newspaper retracted its brief account of the lynching a month later, claiming that it stemmed only from Johnson not being seen around the neighborhood. No conclusive account of the reported lynching was ever published.


Death certificate: None found
Census: None found

News coverage:

The Avenging Gun in Rowan

All False


Town: Atwell, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 35.771882, -80.703483
Rationale: Rowan County near the Iredell line.

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