|Publisher:||The Baldwin Times|
|Place of publication:||Bay Minette, AL|
|Date of publication:||4/13/1908|
The burning of Walter Clayton, a Mobile negro man, at the stake near Dolive, Ala., while he was serving a sentence for the killing of John McKenzie, a Mobile plumber, one Christmas morning many years ago, was recalled yesterdat afternoon by a letter that was received by Sheriff T. T. Palmer.
This letter came from James Wallace, the sheriff at Yazoo City, Miss., who states that he has under arrest a negro who is acting suspicious. The writer asks the sheriff for a description of Walter Clayton. This description has been furnished the officer.
It will be remembered that the report was brought here that Clayton was burned alive was reported to have been seen in Mobile and a posse of officers searched the swamp near the mouth of Dog river for this man. There are many here who believe that Clayton was burned alive for the offense of criminal assault. -Mobile Item.
“Was Clayton Burned At Stake; Sheriff Of Yazoo City, Miss., Wants Information Of Negro He Holds – Alleged Tragedy Recalled.” The Baldwin Times (Bay Minette, AL), April 13, 1908.