Lynching In Alabama Mob Ambushes an Officer in Charge of Woman’s Assailant

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: Sioux City Journal
Place of publication: Sioux City, IA
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 company 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 occured at the Woman’s home, six miles below Loxley. Clayton entered the house, it is said, and choked Mrs. White into submission. The negro returend 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 his crime, as he committed it, and it was not necessary to have him identified.

Officers hurried him to Bay Minette, the county seat of Baldwin county. As they approached the jail seventy-five men came from behind a fence and took 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.


“Lynching In Alabama; Mob Ambushes an Officer in Charge of Woman’s Assailant.” Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, IA), April 6, 1908.