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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
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,"…
"A Hog Thief in Trouble"
An August 12, 1868 Florence, AL Literary Index newspaper article reporting on the arrest of freedman Jack Bailey of Florence for stealing a hog belonging to fellow-freedmen Abraham Rice and Lewis Moore.
After a hearing before Esq. Crow Bailey was…
A June 26, 1873 Tuscumbia North Alabamian article reporting that upon the request of the Governor of Tennessee, Marshal County, Tennessee African-American burglar and fugitive George Phillips, who had been arrested in Lauderdale County and held for…
"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.
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.
"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…
"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…
"Crap Shooters Again In Trouble."
An August 1, 1890 Florence Herald article reporting the case of African-Americans John Wheedley and Raz Stewart, who were charged with crap shooting and Wm. Felton, proprietor of "the 'Magnolia House', a well known resort," for running a gambling…
"Did the 'Razor Act.'"
An August 13, 1890 Florence Herald report of an incident on Monday night, August 12, at the "Magnolia House," a "low dive" on College Street, in which African-American Eb Howell was badly cut on the neck and abdomen by a black character known as…
"Fatal Shooting Affray"
A November 18, 1868 Florence, AL Literary Index newspaper report of the shooting and subsequent coroner's inquest into the death of mulatto Florence freedman Henry Ellis, the inquest jurors finding that "the said Henry Ellis came to his death from a…