Forsyth County, NC

Alleged offense: Murder
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: Unrecorded
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): Yes
Legal intervention (following lynching): Unrecorded
Mob size: 250
Mob members: Unrecorded
Alleged victim: Anne Reed
Household Status: Married
Occupation: Unrecorded

\Henry Swain allegedly murdered a Mrs. Anne Reed at Waughtown, North Carolina before law enforcement arrested him and placed him in the jail at Winston. At 2:00AM on Thursday, May 15th, 1884, a mob of masked men abducted him from the jail. According to a source that was undoubtedly a member of the mob, he confessed to murdering Reed before the mob hanged him.


Death certificate: None found
Census: None found

News coverage:
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Town: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 36.100048, -80.244260
Rationale: “Near the scene of his crime.” No specific location given for the Reed residence.

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