Huntsville Independent (AL)
Huntsville Independent (AL)
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Description: Young White Man Chased by Mop at Whitsuntide

Date: May 28 1885

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 2, Column 5

--LYNCHBURG, May 24.—To-day, Whitsuntide was observed as usual as a holiday by the colored people, who celebrated it with military and society parades, baseball playing, etc. During the baseball game in the evening, a young white man, Samuel Meredith, for some offense slapped a small colored boy, for which he was at once attacked by a number of colored men. As the excitement increased his assailants grew in numbers. He took to flight, with fifty or more excited negroes in pursuit, and finally turned at bay in the doorway of the house, when a barber, named Louis Adams, attacked him with a knife. Meredith shot the barber dead, entered the house and escaped the mob. When the excitement subsided many of the negroes who had followed Meredith admitted that the killing of Adams was done in self-defense and declared it was justifiable.

Submitted: 02/28/19

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