Tragedy At Woodstock – Prominent Merchant Shot and Killed by a Negro Tenant

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a. n.a. n.a.
Publisher: The Centreville Press
Place of publication: Centreville, Alabama
Date of publication: Apr 27, 1899 12:00 am
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TRAGEDY AT WOODSTOCK. Prominent Merchant Shot and Killed by a Negro Tenant. Birmingham, Ala., April 21.- A desperate shooting affray occurred at Wood- stock, 30 miles below here, in Bibb county, between John Herring and his brother Pink, prominent merchants, on one side and Taylor Collins, a negro, on the other. Collins owed the Herrings for the rent of a house and was about to move out his house hold goods when the Herrings came up. A quarrel ensued and all drew weapons. John Herring was shot in the neck and died in 5 minutes. Collins was shot in the chin and shoulder seriously. A large crowd of whites and blacks gathered quickly and for some minutes it was believed a race war would occur. Jusice Pendieron succeeded in quieting the sides, though reports from the scene are to the effect that a conflict is not improbable.