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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
A March, 1875 report of the Cases from Lauderdale County tried in Colbert County due to a change of venue. All of the five cases involved African-Americans, and of the five, John Powell's, indicted for murder in the 2nd degree, resulted in a hung…
Circuit Court to Have Three Weeks of Criminal Cases
An October, 1956 report on the various criminal cases before the Lauderdale Country Circuit Court.
Negro is Being Held
July, 1938 report of African-American Leeman [sic] Armstead being held in the Lauderdale County jail on the charge of grand larceny.
Negro Fined for Carrying Concealed Razor.
Local black Louis Armistead is arrested in August of 1908 on a warrant sworn out by local black Ben Armistead for carrying a concealed razor. Armistead is fined $50 and costs by Florence Mayor AE Walker.
Negro is Given Life Sentence Wednesday.
In March of 1935 African-American Fred Newsom is convicted and receives a life sentence for the murder of an aged black man near Oakland and the beating of the man's wife, while the trials of local blacks Tommie Armstead for the murder of Earl Pride…
Black teenagers Sam Robinson and Monroe Rowell are arrested in August of 1930 in connection with the recent robbery of the Southern Tire Co.
Negro Killed in Shooting Affray.
Report of the December, 1939 fatal shooting at close range of African-American Willie Sam Malone with a 12 gauge shotgun by African-American Edward James Martin at a North Florence residence. Martin, aged 19, surrendered to Lauderdale County Sheriff…
Walter and Dave Cragton [sic] arrested.
October, 1911 report of the arrest of Walter and Dave Cragton [sic] by Lauderdale County Deputy Sheriff Ed Broadfoot on an indictment by the grand jury on the charges of assault with a revolver and carrying a concealed pistol. Both men were released…
Col. William A. Johnson kills African-American John Caruthers [sic] of Tuscumbia, in Colbert Co., AL.
A report of the June, 1871 killing of African-American John Caruthers of Tuscumbia by Col. William A. Johnson, a Tuscumbia businessman, allegedly in self-defense.
One of five children of Richard and Katherine Johnson born in Lauderdale County,…
A July, 1871 report of a fairly quiet period in the mayor's court, the only case being that of an African-American woman whose children were whipped by another unnamed woman, in the process allegedly knocking out two jaw teeth of one of the children.…