Two Lynchings In Southern States Assault on Young Woman and Causeless Shooting of White Boy Incite Men to Action

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Fresno Morning Republican
Place of publication: Fresno, CA
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 of his 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 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 negro was carried away.

The negro’s has not yet been found.


“Two Lynchings In Southern States; Assault on Young Woman and Causeless Shooting of White Boy Incite Men to Action.” The Fresno Morning Republican (Fresno, CA), April 6, 1908.