Sunday, July 12, 2015
March 18, 1888: Jeff Curry
Today we learn about an Alabama lynching from an article found in The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) dated March 20, 1888:
A PRISONER'S FATE.
Jeff Curry Murdered While En Route to Prison at Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, March 19.—[Special. sic—Yesterday morning down near Bessemer two white men—Powell, father and son—fell out with Jeff Curry, a negro cobbler, about a job he had done for one of them and pistols were drawn on both sides, but not fired. Shortly afterwards they had Curry arrested and taken before a Magistrate, who ordered him brought to this city to jail. Two white men were appointed to escort him. About five miles away, during the afternoon, the negro's dead body was found with a handful of buckshot in it, his clothes being fairly riddled. An inquest was held before the same Magistrate, but nothing was brought out to show who did the shooting. Several names are connected with it in the neighborhood, though no warrants have been sworn out for the parties. The guards' story is, a mob of disguised men took the negro from them and killed him, but inasmuch as one of them was seen in consultation with one of the Powells just before setting out with the prisoner, it is suspected that they know more about the personnel of the mob than they care to tell.
If you are like me you probable wondered on what charge was Curry arrested. Curry was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.