A Warning for Abolitionists

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Texas vigilantes.

Anthony Bewley was a Methodist pastor south of Ft. Worth just before the Civil War.  He was outspokenly abolitionist, and that angered his neighbors. In mid-1860, recognizing the danger, Bewley and his family made a run for Kansas.  But a Texas posse caught them in Missouri and returned the reverend to Ft. Worth.

On September 13, vigilantes took him from jail and lynched Bewley.  His remains were later desecrated as a warning to all of those who opposed slavery in Texas.

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