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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
A July 16, 1872 *Lauderdale Times* report of the July 12 session of the Mayor's Court in Florence in which black residents Ryas [sic] Turner and Jack Baugh were before His Honor "for scuffling in fun, only in fun," however their scuffling got out of…
An August 13, 1872 *Lauderdale Times* report of the arrest of Geo. Howel [sic] for assaulting Reuben Walker with a pop-gun at the Memphis & Charleston Railroad depot over a perceived wrong. Howel was brought before Mayor Neander H. Rice who bound him…
An August 13, 1872 report of the August 9 session of the Mayor's Court in Florence at which African-American resident Ellen Amonett was charged with "chastising" Amelia Cooper for "slander-talk" and was fined by Mayor Neander H. Rice for $10 or ten…
Alfred Johnson Fined $10 and Court Costs in Mayor's Court
A July 23, 1872 *Lauderdale Times* report of the July 22 sentencing of Alfred Johnson in the Mayor's Court of Florence to the tune of $10 and court costs for "'kicking his wife' last Saturday."
Note: In the 1870 Lauderdale County federal…
Night Riders in Lauderdale County:
"Night Riders Out"
"Night Riders in Lauderdale"
"Are Still At It"
"Farmers' Union Holds Meeting"
"The Night Riders: Lauderdale Farmers' Union Members Pass Resolutions"
"Nearly all Fakes"
A Series of newspaper articles from October and November of 1908 reporting on the activity of "night riders" in the Colbert's Reserve area of western Lauderdale County. The "night riders" had posted signs across Colbert's Reserve warning white…
Former Florence City Marshal (chief of police) Ed Blair Whips two Negro Boys Caught Stealing chickens with a Horse Whip
Florence Herald and Florence Times reports that on Monday night, August 11, 1890 Former city marshal William Edward "Ed" Brown (1847-1894) caught two black youths, John Patton and Buck Williams, attempting to steal his chickens, "locked them up,"…
Negro Man Killed on the Dillahunty Place
December, 1879 Florence Gazette notice stating that according to Jas. J. Olive, "last Saturday" an unnamed Negro man was killed on the Dillahunty farm seven miles from Florence by a white man named "Jones."
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.
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…
The Capture, Arrest, Trial and Sentencing of Matt Jenkins for Grand Larceny in 1890
Three Florence Herald articles from February and March, 1890 reporting on the escape, capture and extradition back to Florence from Memphis of African-American Matt Jenkins, charged with grand larceny.
Jenkins refused to return to Florence from…