An Alabama Alarm

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Memphis Avalanche
Place of publication: Memphis, TN
Date of publication: 5/13/1885
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AN ALABAMA ALARM Over the Killing of One Negro end tbe Fears of An Uprising Selma Ala May 12— The excitement still prevails in the viciaity of Dixie Station over the killing of Scipio Atchison (c.), whose body was yesterday found in the woods riddled with buckshot, and whose death is supposed to have been caused by white men against whom he had made threats for pursuing his son. It is found that two more negroes, Steve Sullivan and Tom Ward, are missing.
There are good grounds for believing that Sullivan was killed on the same night that Scipio Atchison was murdered. Ward is thought to have escaped. Sullivan and Ward were both frionds of young Atchison, who outraged the white woman, Mrs Kessler, and had made frequent and violent threats. The shooting in both case is supposed to have been done by a party of 300 men gathered from a section 20 miles square.
Young Atchison is still at large, but is being traced np. The white people in the section where the murders occurred have become alarmed owing to the threats of the negroes and fear of an insurrection in the sawmill and charcoal section, where there are several huadred colored people.


“An Alabama Alarm.” Memphis Avalanche (Memphis, TN), May 13, 1885.