An August 13, 1872 report of the August 9 session of the Mayor's Court in Florence at which African-American resident Ellen Amonett was charged with "chastising" Amelia Cooper for "slander-talk" and was fined by Mayor Neander H. Rice for $10 or ten days in jail. Emma Hardy and Martha Armistead, two other black women, were also charged with a similar offense--jaw-slapping and hair-pulling and sentenced to a fine of $5 or five days in jail,.
*Lauderdale Times,* Tuesday, August 13, 1872, p. 3.
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*Lauderdale Times*, “Mayor's Court,” Shoals Black History, accessed February 5, 2023, https://shoalsblackhistory.omeka.net/items/show/865.