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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
"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."…
The Assassination of Lewis Waits:
"Lewis Waits Shot in His Own Door"
"A Cowardly Assassination"
"County Treasurers' Report, May 29, 1908"
Three newspaper articles dealing with the April, 1906 assassination of African-American Florence resident Lewis Waits (ca. 1858-1908) as he stood in the doorway of his Handy Hill home. A coroner's inquest held by JD Weeden determined that Waits was…
"Wholesale House Broken Into"
An August 21, 1919 Florence Herald article reporting that after an investigation into the robbery of HP Lucas' wholesale grocery "last week" black Florence resident Walter Mitchell was arrested and then confessed to breaking into the store and…
Sam Anderson Dead of his Wounds and his Murderer, Eulas Ridley, Still at Large.
A Thursday, November 13, 1919 Florence Herald Article reporting that black resident Sam Anderson, who was shot in the head by fellow-black Eulas Ridley died of his wounds the previous week and that Ridley and an unnamed black named Grimes…
A Drunken Mark Williams Shoots at a Young Man Named Newton
A November 27, 1880 newspaper article noting that "on last Wednesday" a black man named Mark Williams took a shot at a young man named Newton (which missed him).