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1934 Riot, Part 5: Vigilantes deputizedPosted Monday, December 21, 2009, at 3:31 PM
Fifth of a 7-part series
This series goes into details of the December 1934 rioting in Shelbyville in which Bedford County Courthouse was burned after rape suspect E.K. Harris wasn't turned over to a mob. Information is taken from The Bedford County Times and national wire services of the time. Reader additions and comments are welcome.
FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 1934: Vigilantes deputized
Floyd "Pat" Lawes, 28, one of the men seriously injured in Wednesday's attack on National Guardsmen protecting the courthouse, dies at Bedford County Hospital.
Several National Guard squads drive out roads leading from Shelbyville to see if any crowds are gathering on the edge of town. Col. R.H. Bond of Jackson takes command of the troops.
Merchants and town officials ask the Guard to remain through Sunday.
Sheriff Tom Gant deputizes the men in the vigilante squad. No mention is made of why a squad patrolling within the city was deputized by the sheriff instead of the police chief.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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