Is This the Murder of Richard Thurmond?

9 Sep

Below is a photo of a lynching on the Ripley courthouse square. The photo’s caption lists a date of 1897. I searched through newspapers and have not yet located a mention of a hanging in Ripley, TN in 1897.

Lynching in Ripley, TN 1897

Lynching in Ripley, TN 1897


However, I found a mention of the lynching of Richard Thurmond in The Daily Capital Journal of Salem, Oregon reported August 9, 1898. Is this year of this photo mislabeled? Could this be Richard Thurmond?


Daily Capital Journal Salem, Oregon August 9, 1868

Daily Capital Journal Salem, Oregon August 9, 1868


Adding more pieces to this puzzle is the fact that The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reported this murder as occurring in Ripley, Mississippi, which also happens to be only a 30 minute drive to Middleton, TN where Richard Thurmond was captured. A quick search through census did not return any favorable leads connecting Richard Thurmond and LD Hines to Ripley, TN or Ripley, MS.



-Image Source: “We Shall Overcome”: Tennessee and the Civil Rights Movement by Cynthia Griggs Fleming featured in Tennessee Historical Quarterly Vol 54, No. 3 (Fall 1995) page 234, Looking Back at Tennessee Collection Tennessee State Library and Archives


6 Responses to “Is This the Murder of Richard Thurmond?”

  1. B. J. Parker December 19, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    although it is not relevant, it you examine the photo closely, there is two pigs under the fence behind the image

  2. B. J. Parker December 19, 2016 at 11:13 pm #

    Again it might be relevant, unless they was raising pigs on the Court Square, in all likelihood he was taken someone farm where this dirty deed was done.

    • Tiffany June 13, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

      Possibly. Sanborn Maps do reveal that the courthouse square was once home to a few stables, so it could have happened there or it could have happened in Ripley, MS. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Donnie February 11, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    Tiffany what is your email address?

  4. Cindy Boyles August 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    Tiffany, I found a reference to the lynching of Richmond Thurmond, Ripley, TN, Aug 8, 1898 in “100 Years of Lynchings” by Ralph Ginzburg, p. 269.

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