A Shooting at Coaling

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Tuscaloosa Gazette
Place of publication: Tuscaloosa, AL
Date of publication: 1898-07-21

John Durrett, a well known negro of the Coaling neighborhood was shot on Thursday night, according to reports received from Coaling yesterday. Durrett is still living but is right badly hurt, having two bullets in his body.

It seems to have been a sequel to the dreadful crime of Tuesday evening. Durrett, it is said, is a bad negro and doesn’t stand at all well in the community. After the lynching on Wednesday Durrett got to talking pretty big, it is said, and on Thursday was heard to say he was going to have the leaders of the mob punished, that there was going to be a race war, etc., etc. He was told to shut up and was ordered out of a store for his smart talk.

That night he was shot at his house. He says, we understand, he knows who did it, but so far no communication had been made to the Sheriff’s office here. Only rumors of the affair have been heard.


(1898, July 21). A Shooting at Coaling. The Tuscaloosa Gazette.