Lynching of Alexander Washington

October 11, 1886

City: Somerset, Texas

County: Atascosa County

Race or Ethnicity of Victim: Black

Gender of Victim: Male

Age of Victim: Unknown

Alleged Crime: Attempted Rape

Manner of Death: Hanged

Source of Information: Chicago Tribune

Note: When Alexander “Aleck” Washington was lynched, the town of Somerset was located in Atascosa County. The town of “old” Somerset, settled primarily by Anglo-Americans from Kentucky, was moved to Bexar County in the early 20th century when the railway bypassed the town’s original location. - David C. Carlson, Ph.D.