Category : Wise

Essay Wise

Three Lynchings in Wise County

By Zoe Crihfield, Tom Costa, Dylan Mabe, Thomas Noble

On June 5, 1902, Wiley Guynn, a 28-year-old boarding house proprietor and miner, was arrested for assaulting the twelve-year-old daughter of Franklin Green, a white farmer living in the Tom’s Creek area, just outside Coeburn in Wise County, Virginia. Guynn allegedly grabbed the young girl who screamed, attracting a group of white men who apprehended Guynn. He was taken before a justice at Bondtown and given a hearing; as he was about to be jailed, a mob of close to five hundred men, including the girl’s father, descended on the jail demanding the prisoner. As they conveyed him away from the jail, he broke free and was shot to death trying to escape.

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1920-1929 Wise

Leonard Woods in Wise

Victim ID: VA1927113001
Victim Name: Leonard Woods
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 35
Job: Unknown
Method of Death: Hanged, shot, and burned
Accusation: Murder of white mine foreman in Wise
Date: 1927-11-30
County Name: Wise
Mob Composition: Unknown
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1920-1929 Wise

Dave Hurst/Hunt in Wise

Victim ID: VA1920111401
Victim Name: David Hunt
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 25
Job: Unknown
Method of Death: Hanged
Accusation: Attempted assault on a 60 year-old white woman
Date: 1920-11-14
City: Kent Junction
Mob Composition: Unknown
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1900-1909 Wise

Wiley Guynn in Wise

Victim ID: VA1902060501
Victim Name: Wiley Guynn
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Age: 28
Job: Unknown
Method of Death: Riddled with bullets
Accusation: Attempted criminal assault on a 12 year-old white girl
Date: 1902-06-05
City: Bondtown
Mob Composition: Unknown
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1890-1899 Wise

Paris Suits in Wise

Victim ID: VA1898042701
Victim Name: Paris Suits
Race: White
Sex: Male
Age: young
Job: Unknown
Method of Death: Riddled with bullets
Accusation: Murdering a white man and a black man
Date: 1898-04-27
City: Coeburn
Mob Composition: Unknown
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