Carteret County, NC

Alleged offense: Theft; Murder
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: Unrecorded
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): Yes
Legal intervention (following lynching): Unrecorded
Mob size: 40
Mob members: Unrecorded
Alleged victim: E.B. Weeks
Household Status: Unrecorded
Occupation: Unrecorded

Lewis Patrick, an African American man, allegedly killed E.B. Weeks, a white storekeeper, while trying to rob Weeks’ store. He was arrested and kept at the Carteret County Jail in Beaufort. Numerous reports differed on the details of his abduction, but most accounts concur that Patrick was abducted from the jail the night of June 13th by a mob that had come in by boat. The sheriff went in pursuit of the mob and their prisoner the next day. According to newspaper accounts, mob managed to elude local authorities by hiding Patrick on Dog Island. On June 15th, Patrick was found, shot dead, back in the town of Bogue where he had been accused of Weeks’ murder. Reports indicated that he had been shot to death with as many as 75 bullets.


Death certificate: None found
Census: None found

News coverage:

Supposed to Have Been Lynched

The Lynching of Patrick

Lewis Patrick in Hands of a Mob

The Carteret Lynching

Justice Too Slow

A Lynched Negro Found


Town: Bogue, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 34.719916, -76.661976
Rationale: While an exact location could not be found for the lynching site, newspaper accounts point to a “main road” in Bogue, NC.

Additional Resources: Reign of Lawlessness

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