Desperate Mob Stroms Jail

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Tuscaloosa News
Place of publication: Tuscaloosa, AL
Date of publication: 8/31/1906

DESPERATE MOB STORM’S JAIL. Mobile Citizens Believed Negro Was In the Prison. Mobile, Ala., Aug. 30. Between 10 and 11 o’clock Wednesday night a mob of 500 persons attempted to take and lynch William Thompson, a negro, confessed assailant of two white girls and one little negro girl. The mob broke into the Jail yard through the Wg wooden gate and filed into the yard, the sheriff’s deputies met them at the door armed with rifles, which they discnarged, with Dlank cartridges over the heads of the mob, no one being hurt. A committee. of the mm was finally admitted to the jail, after which the assurance being given that the negro was not there, the mob dispersed. Will Thompson, the negro whom the mob sought to lynch was taken out of jail ten minutes before the mob arrived, and put on the train for Birmingham.


“Desperate Mob Stroms Jail.” The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, AL), August 31, 1906.