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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
Stole Pair of Shoes.
A June, 1904 *Florence Herald* report of young African-American Jimmy Holt, "just back from the coal mines, where he had served a sentence for stealing," who was arrested "Saturday morning," for "robbing the Jackson Dry Goods Co. in Florence of…
With the Courts
A Thursday, March 24, 1898 *Florence Herald* report of the cases in Lauderdale County Circuit Court, including African-Americans Bob Buckingham, in court for "indulging his pugilistic propensities," and Charlie Brown, a former resident, wanted in…
"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.
Affray at Sisters of Zion Supper and Dance
A Wednesday, March 18, 1874 report of an "affray and other improper conduct" at a supper and dance fundraiser held by the Sisters of Zion women's organization of St. Mark Baptist Church in Florence which resulted in Wash Stokes and Simon Simpson…
An April 23, 1873 *Florence Times-Journal* report of the week's activity in the Mayor;s Court of Florence, including several members of the black community: SS Stafford assaulting Abram (Abraham) Streiter and Ed Hood, Wash Stokes and Lawson Murdock…
Goin and Simpson Altercation
An August 27, 1873 *Florence Times-Journal* report of an altercation between Florence mulatto barber James Goin (1836-aft. 1892) and S. Simpson resulting in both men being found guilty and fined by the mayor.
James Goin was a freed mulatto barber…
Vaughan and Buckingham Altercation
A Wednesday, June 18, 1873 *Florence Times-Journal* report of an altercation between black residents Nat Vaughan and Jim Buckingham which resulted in both men suffering "the usual penalty," meaning they were fined and released.
Jim Buckingham may…
Aleck Jones and Monroe Harlan Arrested for Burglary
A June, 1909 *Florence Times* report of two fourteen year-old black youths, Aleck Jones and Monroe Harlan, being arrested for robbing several stores in Florence who "are now awaiting an investigation by the mayor."
Negro Arrested in Slashing of Two Auto Tires
A Thursday, January 7, 1954 *Florence Times* report of the arrest of 35 year-old William "Willie" Lee Wilson of Darby Avenue, Florence, on two warrants charging "malicious injury to property" sworn out by black resident John Hampton, owner of a small…
"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…