WAR AGAINST FLORIDA NEGROES; Twelve Drowned While Fleeing from Their Persecutors -- Alleged Conspiracy Against Owners of Cotton Groves.The article reported that 200 'negroes' who were working for orange grove owners in Fort Myers were taken by a white mob at gunpoint to the wharf and left unfed for 48 hours until a steamer took them to Tampa. The article speculated that this was a conspiracy to drive the grove owners from their land, allowing the conspirators to buy the groves cheaply.
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 9. -- Nearly 200 negroes have arrived here from Lee County, having been driven out by whites.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Racist Violence in Fort Myers, FL, 1895
Author: Jonathan Harrison
On 9th December 1895, The New York Times reported: