Woman’s Assailant Lynched By A Mob Negro Taken From Alabama Officers And Killed

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record
Place of publication: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Date of publication: 4/7/1908

Mobile, Ala., April 5. – Walter Clayton, a negro, who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber Co. for manslaughter, late Saturday afternoon assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged 20, 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 late 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. The 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 deputy was then released and the negro carried away.

The negro’s body has not yet been found.


“Woman’s Assailant Lynched By A Mob; Negro Taken From Alabama Officers And Killed.” Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record (Wilkes-Barre, PA), April 7, 1908.