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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
"Fuqua Negro Arrested"
A December, 1927 Florence Times report of the arrest of Rogersville resident Aaron Fuqua for the murder of fellow-black resident Hunsey Watkins.
"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…
An August 13, 1890 Florence Herald report of a garnishment suit involving African-Americans Abe Reynolds vs. Dave Wooten to recover wages from JP Witherow & Co., the contractors for the Philadelphia Furnace, for a "board bill."
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…
"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."…
"Negro Baptists Pass Resolutions on the Race Question."
A Friday, October 26, 1906 report of the *Florence Herald* on recent resolutions authored by Florence pastor of St. Mark MB Church, Rev. Lawson J. Green, passed at the 37th annual convention of the Mussel [sic] Shoals Baptist Convention, meeting at…
"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…
"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.
"News Items of Interest"
A July, 1911 *Florence Times* report of Nelius Chandler's arrest in Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama, by Lauderdale County Sheriff Cal Young on charges of grand larceny.
"Sent to the Mines."
An August 13, 1890 Florence Herald report that African-American Henry Conner was sentenced to seven months in the mines at Coalburg by Justice Smith for "borrowing a pair of shoes and breeches from an intimate friend, Henry Alexander., and forgetting…