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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
Report of African-Americans Payton Richardson and Abner Johnson, in the mayor's court in Florence for fighting, the reason being that Johnson refused to give Payton a "chaw of tobacco," with the result that Payton insists he has to fight Johnson over…
Scott Armistead Stabbed by Zack Johnson.
July 30, 1873 report of the non-fatal stabbing in Florence of African-American Scott Armistead by African-American Zack Johnson. Johnson was brought before Mayor Neander H. Rice who bound him over in a bond of $200.
Jo Beckard Arrested on a Charge of Drunk and Disorderly
March 17, 1875 *Florence Gazette* article reporting the arrest and incarceration of local African-American Jo Beckard on a charge of drunk and disorderly.
A January, 1875 *Florence Gazette* report of local blacks Sylvester Hargraves and Henry Donnegan being arrested on January 22 on a charge of hog stealing. Hargraves was sentenced to "Castle Blair" (a reference to the county jail after Chief of Police…
April 21, 1904 *Florence Herald* report of the shooting of Frank Mooton by Deputy Broadfoot.
At a barbecue in East Florence sponsored by Florence's black community Mooton began firing a pistol around 5 pm, drawing the attention of the police who…
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…
An April 23, 1873 *Florence Times-Journal* report of the week's activity in the Mayor;s Court of Florence, including several members of the black community: SS Stafford assaulting Abram (Abraham) Streiter and Ed Hood, Wash Stokes and Lawson Murdock…
Goin and Simpson Altercation
An August 27, 1873 *Florence Times-Journal* report of an altercation between Florence mulatto barber James Goin (1836-aft. 1892) and S. Simpson resulting in both men being found guilty and fined by the mayor.
James Goin was a freed mulatto barber…
Vaughan and Buckingham Altercation
A Wednesday, June 18, 1873 *Florence Times-Journal* report of an altercation between black residents Nat Vaughan and Jim Buckingham which resulted in both men suffering "the usual penalty," meaning they were fined and released.
Jim Buckingham may…
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.