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Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Posted: 1176010012000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ausley
On May 4th, 1922, after the last full day of school in Kirven, Texas, 17-year-old Eula Ausley was taken from her horse, carried into the thick brush, sexually mutilated and then beaten to death. Her disappearance was noticed immediately and family members organized a search party to investigate.
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I am not related to this family, just passing on this information which comes from a website called "American Lynching." The link for the site is listed below.
Joyce

http://www.americanlynching.com/main.html

Re: Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Posted: 1292694203000
Classification: Query
I know this is a useless question but was a investigation done into the death of this young girl?

Re: Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Posted: 1322185476000
Classification: Query
This young girl is my husband's third cousin. She was raped by three black men and then they stabbed her with sticks and left her with these objects still in her. Our county went crazy. A manhunt was carried out in the whole county. The men were apprended and taken to the county jail. There a mob knocked the sheriff and his deputies out and took the men back to Kirvin. After the girl's grandfather questioned the men and they pleaded guilty. The mob tied them to tractor plows and built a ring of wood around them and set them on fire. Most of the people in our county look on this as a horrible incident, our family thinks justice prevailed.

Re: Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Posted: 1322758195000
Classification: Query
there is a book out "Flames after Midnight" by Monte Akers on the story of Eula's Death and research into it. They believe the black men were innocent and it was the White Prowell brothers who killed Eula.

Re: Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Posted: 1338577731000
Classification: Query
Directed to mdunnahoe1: Justice prevailed??? You must be insane! A lynch mob is not a legitimate form of justice. In the United States it is typically a practice in which a “hate group” takes the law into their own hands and resort to barbaric forms of human killing such as mutilation, shooting, hanging and burning. Such acts against Black Americans were so readily practiced all over the United States in times past and this is what was done in Kirven, TX as well (now spelled Kirvin). American lynching is one of the most animalistic forms of “justice” on the planet. The absurdity of your comment echoes that of a true racist! One of the three black men burned on that tractor plow, Johnnie Cornish, happens to be my 5th cousin who was innocent of this heinous crime. Additionally, as many have questioned, no legitimate investigation or trial was held on behalf of any of the black victims accused of Eula’s murder. It’s interesting you rush to accuse the black men of the crime and fail to mention: 1) the white Prowell brothers who were jailed for the crime, taken into custody with incriminating evidence but were released, 2) white men continued to lynch innocent blacks for three weeks following Eula’s murder, and 3) the town of Kirven virtually ceased to exist almost overnight following this “reign of terror” because both blacks and whites feared for their lives. Furthermore, Kirven’s economic backbone was primarily dependent upon black farm laborers so when a mass exodus of blacks left town in fear of their lives, the town spiraled into an economic nose dive. And yes, I have read the book “Flames After Midnight” by Monte Akers. For me, the book just further clarified the facts my ancestors have told me all my life concerning numerous incidents that occurred in Freestone County, more specifically , Kirven. Since most of my Freestone County ancestors were interracially married which I have the pictures to prove, I received stories from both the black and white side and the stories matched. Many of these same ancestors witnessed the horrific events as full grown adults. Ironically, the lynchings did not cease until the black community of Simsborro began to take up arms and even the score by dropping a few white men. Only then, did justice begin to prevail. I am not an advocate of killing unless it is done in self defense, so I defend my statement by saying during most of the existence of the United States, blacks have had little or no legal representation within their local communities and sadly, not even by the U.S. Federal Government. In situations like what occurred in Kirven, the black community’s only hope has been to take the law into our own hands or risk being lynched when racially motivated whites saw fit to exercise their evil, sick, sadistic jollies. However, that’s OK, justice will indeed prevail because the true, living, almighty God will judge and administer sentences.

Re: Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Posted: 1338649816000
Classification: Query
Excuse me! I am not a racist but I was brought up that blacks and whites did not mix. Other words they were friends and neighbors but did not spend the night together or marry. It seems to be that was believed by the blacks and whites then. The older black people do not like their children marrying white people and neither did the white people. The census that What I got out of my raising was that this would mix the races and was bad for the children born of a mixed marriage. I realize that is done on a daily basis now days. As for the burning of the black men in Kirvin, my husband's family has always believed in the guilt of the black men because of the story Grandpa King told about them telling what they had done. I agree that lynching is wrong and that there should have been a trial. Perhaps then more evidence would have brought out the killers. Whether they were black or white they should have been killed. I was not even born until 1951 so I only have family stories to go by as you do I'm sure. Perhaps you are right, neither of us ever will know for sure.

Re: Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Posted: 1360623618000
Classification: Query
Dunn:
You are clearly ignorant to the history of as you say "race mixing" in the US. From the moment africans were stolen from africa until slavery ended in 1863, white men were sexing and rapping black women on a dailey basis. Did your people teach you about that? I dont think so. That Grandpa King was a racist old bastard, him and his sons. As usual when something bad happens blame it on the black guy. Remember that trick in S. Cara who blamed a black guy for kidnapping her kids and driving it into the lake, or about the white guy in Boston who said a black guy robbed him and killed his wife? I could go on and on, but you prolly to ignorant to do the research yourself. PEACE!

Re: Eula Ausley of Kirven, Texas ~ Murdered in 1922

Posted: 1519976592000
Classification: Query
I was told that the three men that were accused were found innocent of this. It turned out to be two men that had a beef with her uncle. Read the book "Flames after Midnight" It was not justice.
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