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Edward Nichols Text Transcript

Oh, I was out in West Duluth visiting with my brother, and we saw these headlines. I assumed then that there would be a lynching, and there was. The mob. . . There were six prisoners in jail, but at daybreak they had only lynched three. And they were all exhausted. But there were women and children in the mob. And then after. . . The next night, after the mob — the white people — said they were going to run all the niggers out of town. And I remember, I had just come back from the war then, you see. I didn’t have a bathrobe. I had an army raincoat. And we’d decided that we’d just barricade ourselves in our house. I was the only one who had a gun. I had a .45 Colt automatic that I’d brought back from the war. I still have that gun by the way. In the night, the sheriff and. . . There were several, quite a few concerned white people about our welfare, and wanted to make a relationship with us. But we’d decided to go it on our own. There was a telegram come to our house. Someone had heard something about it and was concerned about the relatives. The messenger. . . In those days they didn’t telephone, they brought the telegram; delivered it. And I was rooming with these people. It was a family. This Rodney who I told you about. I was rooming at his mother’s house. She was a widow woman. When the door rang, he who was older, Wallace who was older than I, said, “See who’s at the door, Ed.” So I put on my raincoat and had these pockets that go through the army raincoat, and I put the .45 Colt automatic down in there and cocked the trigger back, and I went to the door. And there was a white lad out there. And I said, “What do you want?” He said he had a telegram from Western Union. But if he would have tamped his foot I would have murdered him. We were that tense.

 

 
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