Tuesday, June 23, 2015
December 7, 1896: Will Wardly
Today we learn about a lynching in Alabama through the pages of The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) dated December 8, 1896:
POSSE KILLS STRANGE NEGRO.
FLIMFLAM WORKERS TRY TO IRONDALE MERCHANTS.
New One and Two Dollar Bills Are Taken for Counterfeit and Are Refused. An Inquest.
Birmingham, Ala., December 7.—(Special.)
For attempting to work the flim-flam racket at Irondale, six miles from here, today Will Wardly, colored, was pursued by a mob of incensed citizens and shot down.
Wardley, with another negro and a white man, entered the town and displayed a number of new crisp one and two-dollar bills, which were thought to be counterfeit by the citizens. Wardley went to a merchant named Guardians and purchasing a nickel's worth of apples, tried the change racket, but it did not work. A posse of citizens was formed and the negro and his partner were chased. Firing followed and the negro fell to the ground dead. The white man and the other negro escaped.
The money found on the dead negro was of the new design. Coroner Jones investigated the killing and Secret Service Officer Forsyth and Barret investegated [sic] the affair in search of counterfeit money.
Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.