Robert Lewis (lynching victim) Information

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Illustration of lynching from The Evening World.
Robert Lewis, illustrated in The Tri-States Union.

Robert Lewis was a 28-year-old African American man who was lynched in Port Jervis, New York on June 2, 1892. His lynching was attended by what the local newspaper reported was a mob of 2,000 people, and may have inspired Stephen Crane's novella The Monster.

Lewis was accused by the mob of assaulting a white woman, Lena McMahon, in an incident by the Neversink River, after she had possibly been meeting with her estranged suitor, a white man named Peter Foley. [1]


  1. ^ Burrell, Krist)opher B. (2003). "Bob Lewis' Encounter with the 'Great Death:' Port Jervis' Entrance into the 'United States of Lyncherdom". CUNY Academic Works. Hostos Community College.