Camden County, NC

Alleged offense: Murder
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): Yes
Legal intervention (following lynching): Yes
Mob size: 500
Mob members: None named
Alleged victim: Mrs. Frank Sanderlin
Household Status: Unknown
Occupation: Unknown

Joe Barco was accused of the rape and murder of one Mrs. Frank Sanderlin on September 13th, 1892. He was arrested and confined to the Camden County jail until a coroner’s jury found him guilty — at which point he supposedly confessed. On the night of Saturday, October 5th, 1892, a mob numbering around 500 abducted Barco from the county jail, castrated him, and hanged him and shot him.


Death certificate: None found
Census: None found

 News coverage:

Joe Barco Lynching (No Headline)


A Mob’s Cruelty


Town: Camden, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 36.329666, -76.174511
Rationale: Lynching is reported as having taken place at the Camden County Courthouse

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