Assaults White Woman; Is Hanged By A Mob

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: St. Joseph Gazette
Place of publication: St. Joseph, MO
Date of publication: 4/6/1908

Mobile, Ala., April 5. – Walter Clayton, a negro who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber Co. for manslaughter, late Saturday afternoon criminally assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged 20 years and was lynched by a mob of seventy-five men outside the limits of Bay Minette last night.

The assault occurred at the woman’s home, six miles below Loxley. Clayton entered the house, it is said, and choked Mrs. White into submission. The negro returned to the convict camp, where he was arrested late Saturday night. The negro told the officers not to take him back to the scene of the crime as he committed it and it was not necessary to have him identified. Two officers hurried him to Bay Minette, county seat of Baldwin county. As they approached the jail seventy-five yards men came from behind a fence andtook charge of the negro, dragging him and the deputy seventy-five yards before it was discovered the men were handcuffed together. The deputy was then released and the negro carried away.

The negro’s body has not yet been found.


“Assaults White Woman; Is Hanged By A Mob.” St. Joseph Gazette (St. Joseph, MO), April 6, 1908.