Skip to main content
Shoals Black History on Facebook
Project Say Something
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area
Contribute an Item
Search using this query type:
Search only these record types:
Advanced Search (Items only)
Browse Items (45 total)
Browse by Tag
Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
Jim Boddie, "Back Again into the Jaws of Death"
This is a newspaper article about Jim Boddie, who was apprehended for the alleged rape of a white woman. While Boddie was awaiting execution, he escaped and was captured near Iuka, MS. Boddie was hanged in May 1876 in Tuscumbia.
An August 30, 1890 Florence Herald report of cases before Florence Justices of the Peace Henry D. Smith and Col. Jackson, including Roxana Seawright, convicted of "using abusive and insulting language," and fined $9.85 by Esq. Smith. Normally blacks…
A November, 1929 Florence Herald report of the confiscation by Florence police of four gallons of corn liquor in a 10-gallon keg discovered in a home on Magnolia Street allegedly occupied by African-American resident Janie Mae Anderson.
"Fuqua Negro Arrested"
A December, 1927 Florence Times report of the arrest of Rogersville resident Aaron Fuqua for the murder of fellow-black resident Hunsey Watkins.
"Shot to Death"
A November, 1909 Florence Times account of the fatal shooting of black Florence barber Arthur Turner by white resident SE Stafford after the apparently intoxicated Turner broke into Stafford's house at 3:30 am. Three hours later Turner died at his…
"News Items of Interest"
A July, 1911 *Florence Times* report of Nelius Chandler's arrest in Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama, by Lauderdale County Sheriff Cal Young on charges of grand larceny.
"Negro, Wife, Held on Murder Charge in Death Another"
A Sunday, April 8, 1951 *Florence Times* report on the alleged killing on Friday night, April 6, of 31 year-old Florence African-American resident Cecil Horn by fellow black residents Victor Coleman and his wife Edna Coleman. Mr. Coleman reportedly…
"Negro Baptists Pass Resolutions on the Race Question."
A Friday, October 26, 1906 report of the *Florence Herald* on recent resolutions authored by Florence pastor of St. Mark MB Church, Rev. Lawson J. Green, passed at the 37th annual convention of the Mussel [sic] Shoals Baptist Convention, meeting at…
"Negroes Jailed for Shoplifting in Local Stores"
A November 21, 1963 *Florence Herald* report on the recent arrest of three Louisville, KY blacks for shoplifting in Florence stores.
"Board Approval of Negro Jobs Now Awaited."
A Series of articles from the *Tri-Cities Daily* and *Florence Herald* reporting on the hiring of Harrison Eugene Humes and Oscar Southard, Jr. to the Florence Police force.