Frank Embree: How 19 Year Old Black Was Tortured, Castrat3d, Skinned For Crime He Didn’t Commit

In 1899, 19 year old Frank Embree was tortured, castrated, skinned, made to eat parts of his manhood, and then lynched by a white mob, for a crime he didn’t commit.

The story of Frank Embree is a very horrifying one that exposes the vulnerability of being born black in the U.S. especially during the days of slavery, it’s abolishment and the Jim Crow era.

The treatment that Frank Embree went through before dying for a crime he did not commit needs to be told to give more meaning and historical background to the injustice that several blacks are facing today and stamp the need to advocate for justice for all and against racism.

On June 17, 1899, the 14-year-old daughter of Wood Dougherty was on her way to visit a friend when she was assaulted and raped by an unknown man believed to be an African who was tagged as the fiend or the black brute.

The attacker was riding a horse that belonged to John Collins who was Frank’s uncle making Frank the immediate suspect without questioning.

Seeing that his life was in danger, Frank opted to go back to Kansas in order to save his life since he was probably visiting his uncle.

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A huge advertisement offering a $300 reward for “Emory’s” capture after the victim’s father had disclosed that Embree was the attacker and had initially failed at getting him since he took off.

The details of Frank’s capture are not clear. While some reports say that he was captured by the intelligentsia in Kansas and taken to Gaol in Mexico before he was ceased by an angry white mob of over a thousand white people, other reports explain that Frank was fleeing to Mexico when he was captured and stripped naked before being brought back to Howard County.

However, what remains accurate is that Frank was captured by an angry white mob at a point and could not be saved by the intelligentsia.

His lynching was on July 22, 1899, after he was captured, handcuffed and stripped naked to be forced to confess guilt. When the stripping did not work on Frank, he was then whipped 103 times with a bullwhip that tore into his skin and caused severe bleeding.

He was whipped 50 more times again before begging to talk. Seeing that he would die anyhow, Frank confessed to the crime and pleaded that he is not burned to death and also requesting that his parents are told about his death.

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Though he was scheduled to stand trial on July 22, he was lynched instead when the town’s residents grew impatient and decided to take “justice” into their own hands.

On the morning of July 22, 1899, a white mob abducted Frank from officers transporting him to stand trial. He had been arrested roughly a month earlier, accused of assaulting a young white girl.

On the morning of July 22, 1899, a white mob abducted nineteen year old Frank Embree from the officers transporting him to stand trial and lynched him in front of a crowd of over 1,000 onlookers in Fayette, Missouri.

He had been arrested roughly one month earlier and accused of assaulting a younger white girl.

According to newspaper accounts, the mob attacked officers transporting Embree, seized him, and loaded him into a wagon, then drove him to the site of the alleged assault.

Once there, Embree’s captors immediately tried to extract a confession by stripping him naked and whipping him in front of the crowd, but he steadfastly refused despite this abuse. After more than one hundred lashes, Embree began screaming.

He told the men that he would confess and, rather than plead for his life, begged them to stop the torture and kill him swiftly.

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Embree, covered in blood from the whipping and skinned, with no courtroom or legal system in sight, offered a confession and was immediately hanged.

According to a reporter’s account which was not added to the newspaper details about his capture and death, Frank was castrated and made to eat parts of his manhood before he was finally led to an oak tree to be hanged.

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