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False Reports of a July 17, 1897 Lynching of Rev. NL Edmondson of St. Paul AME Church, Florence.
A series of national newspaper articles reporting on the supposed July 17, 1897 lynching of Rev. NL Edmondson of Florence, Alabama in the wake of the July 16, Anthony "Bull" Williams lynching at West Point, Tennessee and Rev. Edmondson's letter to…
A series of late 19th and early 20th century Lauderdale County newspaper jurors lists on which African-Americans served.
Blacks were routinely noted by a ( c ) for "colored" beside their name however the papers were not always consistent in doing…
Sylvester Wilson Killed While Resisting Arrest
A Florence Times and Florence Herald article reporting the 3:30 am Thursday morning, September 11, 1919 shooting death of African-American resident of Memphis Tennessee, Sylvester Wilson, while resisting arrest.
While making his rounds East…
A Nest of Thieves
A Friday, March 28, 1919 Florence Times report that at 2 am "on Tuesday morning last," TM Rogers of Rogers Dept. Store in Florence, being awakened by noises in his garage, had apprehended a young unnamed African-American boy attempting to steal his…
A Midnight Row
A Friday, September 23, 1898 Florence Herald report of the midnight, September 23, arrest of African-American resident of Florence Sandy Simpson, who was arrested after he allegedly attacked a woman who had earlier left his company because of his…
An African-American Grocery Store Robbed
A Thursday, May 16, 1895 Florence Gazette report of the robbery "a few nights ago" by two African-American boys named "Persons" [sic] and "Moor" [sic] of a grocery store in the basement of the Farmer Block in Florence owned by an unnamed Black…
"Uncle" Robert Walker Held up and Robbed of $28
A Florence Herald and Florence Times article reporting the Saturday night, April 2, 1921 robbery of Florence African-American gas company employee Robert Walker by two unknown white men, who stole $28 from Walker.
In 1910 Robert Walker (ca.…
The Indictment and Conviction of Florence Bootblack Jordan Black for the 1919 Murder of his Wife
A series of newspaper articles and other documents pertaining to the Wednesday, November 12, 1919 murder of his wife, George Anna.
Black was a disabled bootblack with either one leg or no legs (the papers differ as to which) whose stand was at 104…
With the Courts
A collection of Circuit, Justice and Mayor's Court notices from the Florence Herald Newspaper for the years 1889-1910.
These notices list who was in court that week, what they were charged with and what the sentence was. In the late 19th century…
Articles Reporting Lewis McClure's Court Cases
A series of local newspaper articles chronicling Lauderdale County African-American resident Lewis McClure's (ca. 1870-1940) criminal court cases.
McClure was arrested at various times on charges such as fighting and public intoxication. However…