Robert Lewis (lynching victim)

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

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 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 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. Minisink Valley Historical Society.