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.