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Youths Arrested in Cross Burning

The Robesonian, Lumberton NC

March 4, 1952

Charlotte – Six men will be given a hearing in Mecklenburg County Recorder’s Court March 7 on charges growing out of the burning of a cross at the home of a Negro candidate for the Board of County Commissioners.

The youths were arrested yesterday and charged with forcible tresspassing on the property of Lem Long Jr. where a crude cross was burned Feb. 25. Police termed the incident a prank.

Arrested were William Hugh Mullis, 18, Boyce Reid Mullis, 17, brothers of Rt. 1 Charlotte; Alfed Leonard Mullis, 17, Arvin Delroe Hargett, 18, Edward Harry Mullis, 17, and Robert Lee Mullis, 20, all of Rt. 3 Matthews.

The defendants posted bond of $500 each.



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