A Warning for Abolitionists A Methodist pastor paid for his views on slavery.

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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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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.