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The Negroes of an Alabama County in Flight.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., January 11 -- [Special.] -- A ghost is causing an
exodus of negroes from Lawrence county. Last July Calvin Mooday, a
drunken worthless negro, murdered his wife. The woman was in a delicate
condition at the time, and the crime was a most brutal one. Three
nights after the murder, Mooday was taken from the county jail at
Moulton and lynched by colored men. The colored men of the county
boasted that no white man had anything to do with the hanging of Mooday.
Most of the lynching party were known, but no effort was ever made to
prosecute them for it. Recently the colored people living in and around
Moulton have been seeing ghosts at the house where the Mooday family
formerly lived. The ghost visited the scene every night, and soon the
negroes became much alarmed. Those who had taken part in the lynching
were the first to leave the county, and others are following as rapidly
as possible. A correspondent writing from Moulton says: "If the
present exodus continues Lawrence county will soon be without a colored
citizen. They firmly believe that the ghost of Calvin Mooday is lurking
about the old cabin, and will bring a fearful curse on all colored
people who were in any way connected with the lynching."

The lynching of Mooday was the first and only time in the history of
Alabama where a criminal was lynched by colored men.

12 January 1889, The Atlanta Constitution (Georgia) via Ancestry.

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