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Unformatted text preview: ill during the ride and accused Lewis of having poisoned them. When the college took no action due to lack of evidence, local vigilantes abducted Lewis one night and beat her. Eventually, Lewis was put on trial. At her defense was a famous black attorney, JM Langston, who was himself a product of Oberlin. During the trial, it was revealed that the girls had been poisoned by use of Spanish fly, an aphrodisiac that can be fatal in very small quantities. However, when Langston showed that no samples from the girls had been preserved or subjected to analysis, he argued and won the dismissal of the case for lack of evidence. While Lewis was free, it is unclear whether she poisoned the girls, or even if there might have been a less nefarious but still illicit use for the drink that had unintended consequences. Lewis left Oberlin and went on to become a very famous and skilled sculptor....
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- Summer '07
- Edmonia Lewis, Oberlin College, Geoffrey Blodgett, Oberlin College alumni