Lynching of William Andrews

William Andrews was an African American laborer who was lynched by a white mob in Princess Anne, Maryland on June 9, 1897. Andrews, then 17, was tried, convicted, and hanged all in one day after being accused of assaulting Mrs. Benjamin T. Kelley.[1]

The white mob that killed Andrews.

Arrest and trial


On the afternoon of May 5, 1897, Mrs. Benjamin T. Kelley claimed that local African American laborer William Andrews, aka "Cuba" assaulted her in Marion, Somerset County.[2] Following these claims, Andrews was immediately arrested for the alleged attack on Kelley. He was moved to Baltimore City jail for protection from “lynch mobs” while awaiting trial. Around 11:00 a.m. on June 9, Andrews was brought to Main Street in Princess Anne, Somerset County where he was found guilty of the charges against him. Judge Henry Page sentenced Andrews to execution by hanging at the state's request.[3]


A newspaper article from 1897 regarding the William Andrews Lynching.

Once the court adjourned, a large mob began to grow outside the courthouse making it impossible for the officers to transfer Andrews to the nearby Somerset County jail. While handcuffed, William Andrews was ripped away from the arms of the officers by an infuriated mob that cheered after hearing a guilty verdict. Andrews was brutally kicked, punched, and beaten with all sorts of weapons until the crowd of people were satisfied. After the crowd realized Andrew Williams was still alive they dragged his body to the property of Z. James Doughtery, where he was hanged on a walnut tree until he was finally pronounced dead. His body remained on the walnut tree until around 2:30 p.m. on June 9, 1897.[4]

See also



  1. ^ Haskins, Amiya. "The Gruesome Lynching of William Andrews". CCBC Invisible History. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  2. ^ "William Andrews , MSA SC 3520-13746". Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  3. ^ "LYNCHING IN MARYLAND; William D. Andrews, a Negro, Beaten into Insensibility and Hanged at Princess Anne. JUDGE PAGE PLEADS IN VAIN Sheriff and His Deputy Overpowered While Taking the Man from the Courthouse to the Jail -- Second Attempt to Lynch Him". The New York Times. 1897-06-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  4. ^ "Shameful Past: Lynchings on Delmarva- William Andrews Lynched in Princess Anne in 1897". WBOC TV. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 2022-12-06.