11 January 2011

Tuesday Tombstone - T. Edgar Rice

Edgar Rice was murdered in August of 1911 by Zacharia Walker. His murder caused a riot in an ethnically tight Coatesville (Chester County, PA). Tensions between whites and blacks were always well tense but when a black man murdered a white cop things got out of control fast. A mob of men, women and children, walked to the old Coatesville Hospital and drug Walker from his bed - still handcuffed to the cot. Walker was lynched soon after Rice's death. The lynching (they burned Walker at the stake) is said to be the only lynching ever in the state. This lynching made headlines not just locally but in the NY Times and beyond. It drew the attention of the NAACP to put a stop to lynching everywhere.
Rice's grave - as seen here- is a simple one - very plain. Nothing to indicate his role in history. He is buried in East Fallowfield Township at the Hephzibah Baptist Church.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. Edgar Rice is my great great great grandfather on my mother's side. I never New were he was buried but I do now . thank you again.