Johnston County, NC
Alleged offense: Murder
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): Yes
Legal intervention (following lynching): Yes
Mob size: 500-1000
Mob members: Unrecorded
Alleged victim: Millie Lynch
Household Status: Unrecorded
On the 27th of January, 1914, an African American man, Jim Wilson, allegedly killed a white woman, Mrs. William Lynch, with an axe following an argument. For this alleged crime, Wilson was soon arrested and held in a jail in Selma. The morning of the 28th, a mob of about 500 took Wilson from Sheriff Grimes and took him Johnston County where they shot, beat and attempted to hang him until he died. Reportedly, state militia was sent to avert the lynching crime, but arrived too late to prevent Wilson’s murder.
Death certificate: None found
Census: 1910 Census Wilson
Town: Selma, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 35.752150, -78.341895
Rationale: Estimated site of lynching according to accounts that it was just past Wendell in Johnston County, NC.