Cunningham Means Business Attitude of Governor Jelks’ Temporary Successor on Lynchings

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Canebrake Herald
Place of publication: Uniontown, AL
Date of publication: 5/5/1904

At Montgomery, Ala., Thursday night, Governor Cunningham mailed to Circuit Judge W. S. Anderson a letter, again asking him if he did not think it advisable to call a special term of his court to investigate the lynching of Reuben Sims, a negro, in Baldwin county. Judge Anderson had previously written and said he did not think it advisable. In closing his letter Alabama’s new governor shows plainly how he intends to deal with lynchers in the state. He says:

“I trust you will yet see your way clear to the calling of a special term of your court, and thus leave nothing undone that looks to the breaking up of lynching in our otherwise fair state.”


“Cunningham Means Business; Attitude of Governor Jelks’ Temporary Successor on Lynchings.” The Canebrake Herald (Uniontown, AL), May 5, 1904.