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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
"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.
"Shot to Death"
A November, 1909 Florence Times account of the fatal shooting of black Florence barber Arthur Turner by white resident SE Stafford after the apparently intoxicated Turner broke into Stafford's house at 3:30 am. Three hours later Turner died at his…
"Sold Bad Whiskey Without License."
An August 13, 1890 Florence Herald report that African-American Ike Weems, who had evaded arrest for some time, was arrested Friday, August 8 by Lauderdale County Sheriff George W. Porter for selling liquor without a license, "in the county, some…
"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…
"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…
A Cutting Affray
A Tuesday, December 24, 1889 Sheffield Weekly Enterprise report of an altercation between African-American employees of the Cole Furnace Water Childs and Alfred McDaniels over money Childs owed McDaniels, which resulted in McDaniels striking Childs a…
A Dark Complected Amazon Fined 10.00 for Assault
A June 10, 1908 *Florence Herald* report of black Oakland resident Elzoda [sic] Crittenden being fined $10 by Justice of the Peace CW Lemay "Friday morning, for an assault on Bessie Armstead, also colored," six miles west of Florence with rocks.
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).
A Merry Chase
A Thursday, September 14, 1899 Florence Herald report of African-American prisoner Jim Hoague's escape from the city jail and Florence Police Chief (1897-1901) Samuel Weakley "SW" Lipscomb's pursuit of Hoague on Lipscomb's bicycle.
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…