Two Black Men Done To Death One Assaulted a Woman and the Other Killed a Small Boy Both Culprits Confessed One Lynching In Alabama, One In Mississippi

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Salt Lake Herald
Place of publication: Salt Lake City, UT
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 returned to the convict camp, where he was arrested last Saturday night. The negro told the officers not to take him back to the scene the crime, as he committed it and it was not necessary to have him identified. Two officers hurried him to Bay Minette, county seat of Baldwin county. As they approached the jail seventy-five men camef rom 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 has not yet been found.


“Two Black Men Done To Death; One Assaulted a Woman and the Other Killed a Small Boy; Both Culprits Confessed; One Lynching In Alabama, One In Mississippi.” The Salt Lake Herald (Salt Lake City, UT), April 6, 1908.