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.