Della Jenkins

The following was contributed by Taneya Koonce, 15 Dec 2009

Kinston Free Press Newspaper
24 Oct 1905

Durham, Oct. 23 — A negro woman by the name of Della JENKINS, aged
about fifty years, met a horrible death in the western part of the
city yesterday afternoon. She was burned in a fearful manner at 1
o’clock in the afternoon and death resulted at 5:15 o’clock last
night. Her burns were such that a great deal of the skin on her body
slipped off before death. The woman was using gasoline in a stove,
when there was a loud explosion and she was covered in flames. She ran
to a bed, jumped upon it, and covered up. The bed clothes caught fire,
this firing the bed, and the house was saved with trouble.



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