The lynching of John Henry James, an African American man
accused of raping a white woman, took place a few miles west of Charlottesville on July 12, 1898. A day
earlier, Julia Hotopp reported having been assaulted after returning to the family
estate of Pen Park following a morning errand in nearby Charlottesville. Within a few
hours, authorities had arrested James, who, according to a newspaper account,
"answer[ed] somewhat the description of Miss Hotopp's assailant." . . .
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