McKelton, Johnson

Charles McKelton & John Johnson

Black Males, Ages Unknown

Sylvan, AL

On February 11, 1892 two African American men, John Johnson and Charles McKelton, ages unknown, were hanged near the Warrior Swamp in Romulus, Alabama, by a mob of white men that numbered between 30 and 50. Johnson and McKelton were accused of burning down the local general store of an affluent white man, David S. Robertson. The mob pinned signs on the corpses that read “Warning to house burners” and “Protection to our homes.”

Research Summary

Tuscaloosa County

Pickens County