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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
The Killing of Robert "Bob" Vaughn by Cad Brown at Oakland and Brown's Subsequent Trial and Sentencing
A series of Florence newspaper articles reporting the December 1889 killing by white resident of Oakland Robert "Bob" Vaughn by African-American Cad Brown at a Negro supper and dance held at a house in Oakland and Brown's subsequent Florence trial…
Lauderdale County Sheriff JL Potts Escorts a Patient to the Mt. Vernon Insane Asylum for Negroes near Mobile
A Friday, April 9, 1937 Florence Report that Lauderdale County Sheriff JL Potts had just returned from escorting an unnamed patient to the Mt. Vernon Insane Asylum for Negroes near Mobile.
"Taken to the Asylum"
A Thursday, June 9, 1892 Florence Herald report that local black resident Sim Casey was escorted to the Bryce Insane Asylum at Tuscaloosa the day before.
Casey was long-known to be mentally unstable by locals however he was considered harmless…
Francis Utman Escorted to the Bryce Insane Asylum at Tuscaloosa, Alabama by Lauderdale County Deputy Sheriff Joe Hines
A Thursday, August 28, 1890 Florence Banner report that African-American resident Francis Utman was escorted to the Bryce Insane Asylum at Tuscaloosa by Deputy Sheriff Joe Hines.
The Murder of Tobe Irvine and the Subsequent Trial and Sentencing of John Mayfield and Alex Jones and Mayfield's Execution by Hanging
A series of newspaper articles and other documents chronicling the November, 1878 murder of of black Florence resident Tobe Irvine in Key's billiard saloon by fellow-black residents John Mayfield and Alex Jones, the subsequent trial and sentencing of…
"Catch the Thief!"
A January 24, 1880 Florence Gazette report of the theft on Saturday night, January 18, of $95, $6 in silver, a pair of pants, a shawl, bridle and saddle and a sorrel horse from JC Myrick of Cowpen (near Greenhill) in Lauderdale County, by…
"Shot and Killed."
A January 10, 1880 report of the alleged shooting and killing of local mechanic Thomas Faulkner at Crittenden's Crossroads (now Elgin Crossroads) in East Lauderdale County, by African-American John Williams. Nothing further is known of this case.
"Leighton Negro Disappears, Foul Play is Feared"
A May, 1952 Florence Times report of the disappearance of African-American Leighton, Colbert County resident George Abbott, who, according to his wife Laura Mae Johnson, left Friday for work at the Pride Steam Plant "and hasn't been seen since."…
"Good Work by Policeman Eastep"
An October 23, 1908 newspaper report of the capture and arrest of black Florence resident Cleve Johnson, who attempted to flee to Arkansas after stealing $44 from fellow-black resident of Florence Charley Cowans in "Blair's quarters," in downtown…
"Caught in the Act"
A Friday, October 16, 1908 newspaper report of the arrest of John Clemons [sic], a black resident of Oakland, in the bend of the river, for selling liquor without a license. Clemons was arrested in an alley between Court and Pine Streets within a…