Editor's note: This article does indeed sound strange on the surface. However, Governor Vardaman did intervene to stop a lynching on numerous occasions in the name of "law and order." Obviously the word got around in the black community. In 1907 there likely weren't many crackers that would go out of his way to save a black man but James K. Vardaman was one of them.


This clipping comes from the Mississippi Archives

 

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