155 years ago today - Dec 12, 1866

Found Dead - Thomas Coleman, generally known as "Nigger Tom," was found about 9 PM last night by the police with a stab in the right breast and his throat cut.

The police were informed by a citizen last night that a negro lay dead near the arsenal, just outside the city wall. Captin Burt, with a squad of men started a search, and by the assistance of lanterns found the body, as stated, just above the arselen. It was immediately recognized as "Tom's." He lay o nhis back, his head westward and his own bowie knife (marked T. Coleman) laying near him. He was evidently killed on Monday night as young boys reported having discovered the body in the afternoon of yesterday. A large sheet of paper, with the following inscription, written with a pencil in large letters, was attached to the body:

"Notice to ALL Niggers! Take Warning!! Leave White Women Alone!!!"

[Salt Lake Daily Telegraph]

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