Negro Lynched By Mob Convict Criminally Assaulted a Young White Woman

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Place of publication: Brainerd, MN
Date of publication: 4/6/1908

Mobile, Ala., April 6. – Walter Clayton, a negro who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber company for manslaughter, criminally assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged twenty years, and was lynched by a mob of seventy-five men outside the limits of Bay Minette.

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 returned to the convict camp, where he was arrested later. He confessed to having committed the crime. The officers hurried him to Bay Minette. As he approached the jail, seventy-five men came from behind a fence and took charge of the negro. Clayton’s body has not yet been found.


“Negro Lynched By Mob; Convict Criminally Assaulted a Young White Woman.” The Brainerd Daily Dispatch (Brainerd, MN), April 6, 1908.