Johnston County, NC

Alleged offense: Rape; Assault
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): No
Legal intervention (following lynching): No
Mob size: Unrecorded
Mob members: Unrecorded
Alleged victim: Maud Strickland
Household Status: Unrecorded
Occupation: Unrecorded

Jim Bailey, an African American man, allegedly assaulted and raped Maud Strickland, a young white teenager, near Smithfield. According to newspaper accounts, Bailey was soon captured by Maud’s father and uncles. On the way to Smithfield, where Strickland and his brothers were transporting Bailey–ostensibly to deliver him to local authorities–a mob of unknown size abducted him from the men and hanged Bailey four miles outside the city.


Death certificate: None found
Census: None found

News coverage:

Negro Lynched for Outrage

Another Lynching

Negroes Disarmed Him

Johnson County Lynching


Town: Smithfield, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 35.491059, -78.272554
Rationale:  Approximate marker determined by 1900 census of Strickland (Stristin) family, including the alleged victim, living in Boon Hill and newspaper accounts that would place the lynching between Boon Hill and Smithfield.

Additional Resources: 1900 Census Strickland

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