Lovern, Moses

There is no extant information about Lovern to date. In early September 1905, Moses Lovern of Williamson, West Virginia was arrested for assaulting James Butcher, a well-off businessman. Convicted of the crime, he began serving a 60 day sentence later in the month. On September 24th, in the middle of the night a group calling […]

Beard, Lewis “Lon”

Lewis or “Lon” Beard was born in March 1887 to Curtis and Lillie Beard. He was the second oldest son of seven siblings and was born and raised in the predominantly white community of Elk Creek, Kentucky. Lewis’s immediate family was not the only family in his neighborhood. His uncle Jonas Beard and his family […]

Bowers, Virgil

Virgil Bowers was an African American man residing in London, Kentucky.  Information about his life, including birth and census records, is not available.  The information about the lynching of Virgil Bowers is provided by several contemporaneous news sources.  Bowers was prosecuted in two trials for the shooting and killing of George Farris, a notable lumber […]