A Second Lynching in Tuscaloosa County

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The New Orleans Daily Picayune
Place of publication: New Orleans, LA
Date of publication: 1898-07-16

Birmingham, Ala. July 15.—Near Coaling, where on Wednesday Sidney Johnson, colored, was lynched for assaulting Mrs. Hodges and attempting to assault Miss Cobb, a 16-year-old white girl, serious race troubles are threatened. There was great indignation among the negroes at the lynching and John S. Durrett, a notorious negro character, threatened to organize a band of blacks to kill whites and burn their homes to avenge Johnson’s death.

Durrett was warned by the white people to keep quiet, and, failing to obey, he was ordered to leave Tuscaloosa county by last night. To this warning he sent a defiant reply. Late last night a posse when to his house and called to him to come out. Durrett refused, and whom the posse surrounded the house he jumped out of a window and attempted to escape. The posse riddled him with bullets. Durrett died to-day. The negroes are greatly incensed at the affair, and further trouble is feared.


(1898, July 16). A Second Lynching in Tuscaloosa County. The New Orleans Daily Picayune.