Black News taken from old S.C. Newspapers

1873 -

Known Black Newspapers in SC
The Manning Times...front page
The Manning Times...second page
The Manning Times...third page
Palmetto Leader..death notices
Palmetto Leader...front pg
Palmetto Leader...Jan 10,1925

The Manning Times Wednesday December 21 1887

Pompey Calhoun, colored, was stricken down on Broad Street, Augusta Georgia, yesterday afternoon with a profuse hemmorhage of the lungs. A physician was speedily in attendance on the sick man, but pronounced him beyond the reach of medical aid.

The Manning Times Wednesday December 21 1887

Willie Thompson, a colored lad, six years of age, killed himself yesterday morning,at Savannah while playing with a pistol he had concealed in the---of his parents.

The Manning Times Wednesday January 1 1888

Joe Lewis and Sinkler Williams escaped from jail last Monday night. Joe is a crippled negro, and is charged with burglary and larceny; Sinkler, for stealing cotton. They ripped a board off the side of the cell and escaped into an adjoining room which was open. Thence they quietly went down stairs and out into the street. Joe was recaptured yesterday in a bay near the depot. He stole the jailers axe as he went. The jail is in a miserable and insecure condition, and should receive attention of the commissioners. There is not a lock on the lower part of the jail except on one inside door. We have been informed since another paragraph about blankets was in type, that the jail has been supplied with blankets.

The Mannning Times Wednesday Jan 25 1888

While a negro man was taking down a brick chimney of an old and dilapidated tenemental house on Mr. R. H. Belser's "Hickory Hill" place last Thursday afternoon, Rose Nelson, an old negro women came up and entered the house. Shortly after she entered the house the timbers gave way and fell on the old woman, killing her instantly. As soon as help could be obtained she was cut out from the ruins. Not a bruise or scratch could be found on her person, Trial Justice Mahoney held an inquest over her. The jury of inquest, with W. T. Adams Way as foreman, returned a verdict of accidental death.

The Manning Times Wednesday January 25 1888

A young negro boy four years old was run over on the Georgia Central railroad yesterday and his body was cut in half.

The Manning Times Wednesday Jan 25 1888

Henry Davis, a negro , while carelessly jumping on a moving engine at Wilson Mill last Friday, fell under the wheels, and had one of his legs terribly crushed. The leg was amputated the next morning but the shock to his system was so great the he died the same afternoon.

The Manning Times Wednesday February 8 1888

The saw mill of Mr. John T. Bryan, at Cleveland on the Georgetown and Lane's Railroad, was burned on January 29. The loss $800. no insurance. William and Vincent Fulmore, both colored are in jail at Kingstree. charged with the burning.

The Manning Times Wednesday February 8 1888

The six children of Lester Singleton, a colored man, living on Mrs. Margaret Lee's plantation, in Clarendon County near the Williamsburg line, burned to death on the night of the 26th. Singleton and his wife locked the children in their house and went to church. During their absence the house was burned to the ground and the children perished in the flames. Their ages ranged from thirteen years to sixteen months. The next day the negroes gathered all the bones that remained and buried them in one grave.

The Manning Times Wednesday March 21 1888

Powell Singleton, colored, who was brought into this place last Friday, and adjudged a lunatic, was carried to the asylum last Monday by Sheriff Lesesne. Singleton was violent in his actions.

The Manning Times Wednesday March 28 1888

A negro child was born a few days ago on the plantation of Mr. S. W. Reardon without any arms. Where the arms ought to have been, was nothing but little short nubs.

The Manning Times Wednesday March 28 1888 No 11 front page

Sylvia Dubois

The Notorious Negress, who lived One Hundred and Twenty -two years.

Newark March 18--Sylvia Dubois, the famous negress of the Sour Land Mountains, in this State, was one of the victims of the blizzard. She died some time during the week in her cabin, probably from the effects of the cold. She was 122 years old beyond a doubt. She was born in the valley below Sour Land, and was the slave of a man named Dubois for years. Then she was sold to a man who kept a hotel at Great Bend, Pa. There she became famed for her feats of strength and for the prize fights in which she engaged . She boasted that she was never beaten and had knocked out scores of the strongest men. One day she got angry with her mistress and nearly killed her. She picked up her child and fled across the Susquehanna and trapped all the way to Sour Land Mountain, where she lived the rest of her life. In her fondness for fighting, for liquor and her profanity, soon made her notorious. All her children died but Elizabeth, the youngest. She has remained with her mother and is 80 years old. She inherits all her mothers pugilistic prowess and has maimed many men. Of late years, Sylvia and her daughter have existed by making semi annual trips through the adjacent counties. They got clothes, provisions and coal enough to keep them in the meantime. -Special to the New York Times-

The Manning Times Wednesday April 1888

Ben Davis, a colored man, and two young white men named Perry, went into the woods in Georgetown County a few days ago to hunt wild turkeys. One of the Perry's imitated the yelping of a turkey so closely that Ben mistook him for the genuine bird and undertook to creep up on him. Perry mistook the negro for a turkey and fired at him and killed him.

The Manning Times Wednesday April 18 1888

J. D. Ratteree, of Chester enjoys the unique distinction of being the only man on record whose life was saved by the kick of a mule. He was recently acquitted of the murder of Jack Reed, a colored man, on the ground of insanity caused by the kick of a mule in the head. He also had a good bank account.

The Manning Times Wednesday April 18 1888

Bill Dickson, colored, jury commissioner of this county in radical times, died April 7, 1888, Dickson was not an obnoxious negro, but was quite in his ways.

The Manning Times Wednesday April 18 1888

Mack Martin, colored, was arrested this week for "calarupting" his wife with a rubber strap. He is in jail.

The Manning Times Wednesday April 18 1888

James M. Lesesne, a well known colored of Georgetown, who at one time filled the office of Sheriff in that County has received an appointment as a messenger in the Treasury Department at Washington with a salary of $60 a month. The position was secured for him through the good offices of Hon. William Elliott, Congressman from his district.

The Manning Times Wednesday April 18 1888

A Youthful Murderer

Laney Walker has just been lodged in the Union Jail for the murder of Sibby Ashe. Laney is a negro boy of only 9 years of age. Sibby Ashe was a negro girl 12 years of age. The difficulty in which Sibby met her death occurred in Gowdeysville Township. A negro woman was washing clothes down at a spring when a dispute arose between the two children, and as the arguments of each had reached that stage when the debaters had exhausted their reason, they appealed to brute strength, and a struggle ensued. The girl apparently got enough and fled to the woods. The boy pursued, and overtaking her plunged his knife into her side. From the effects of the wound, she soon afterwards died. The boys age may save his neck. It is reported that he killed another child last year.

The Manning Times Wednesday April 18 1888

Sidney Burgess, a negro carpenter of Kingstree, was found dead on the street in that place the morning of April 8th. He was drunk the night before, and is supposed to have fallen striking his head against the root of a tree, causing concussion of the brain.

The Manning Times Wednesday May 2 1888

The store of John Tarleton, colored, near Packsville, was burned Thursday night. Two negro boys were sleeping in the store, and narrowly escaped with their lives. There was $600 insurance on the store.

The Manning Times Wednesday May 2 1888

Isam Haynesworth, a colored man and an employee of Wilson Mill, while cutting down a tree last Wednesday, was killed by a limb of another tree, which fell on his head, crushing in his skull and breaking his neck.

The Manning Times Wednesday May 9 1888

A Cold Blooded Murder

The Manning Times Wednesday May 30 1888

Paid a Negro to Kill his father.

There have been three arrest made during the past week in the Joe James murder case, but whether these arrests are based upon anything more than suspicion remains to be learned, as if there is any real clue to the murder it is kept quiet. The air is full of rumors, but they are rumors only and cannot be traced to any reliable authority.

Two of the parties arrested are William Scott and Louis Williams, colored, and the third party is Joe James Jr., the son of the murdered man. It is said that the two negroes, who are in jail, claim that young James offered them $500 each to kill his father, but they refused. Bob Arthur, colored, who is said to be really the murderer, has so far managed to evade arrest, though he is still hiding in the neighborhood. Young James is chained down in the dungeon, and the trial Justice who committed him refuses him a preliminary hearing, although his counsel has repeatedly demanded it. It is possible, and indeed probable, that the sherriff is in possession of some very strong evidence which he does not care to have made public before the case goes to trial. It is whispered that the party who did the shooting was told where to find the reward as soon as the work was done, and that according to agreement he went to the appointed spot and found it, and then made himself scarce, and that young Joe James is the man that made the contact. It is almost universal opinion of the public, and has been ever since the murder, that James was shot by some negro, whom his son hired to commit the deed. This opinion, too, has been expressed freely and openly. It is stated that young Joe James was in Darlington for the purpose of swearing indictments for slander against people who accused him of the murder of his father when he was arrested. Timmonsville Farmer's Friend.

Deaths: The Manning Times Wednesday June 6 1888

William Johnson was on the 23rd of May accidentally killed by Ned Witherspoon, both colored, and living in the DesChamps neighborhood. Trial Justice Mahoney held the inquest.

The Manning Times Wednesday June 6 1888

Only Six months for a Henous Crime.

W.H. Rembert, white, and Becky Frierson, colored, were convicted last week in Sumter, of living in open adultry, and each was sent to the penitentiary for six months. We are informed that only a few years ago Rembert married a beautiful young girl, and after living with her for only a short while,"took up with" or "went back to" a black negress of rather repulsive charms, and wasted his living on her. going so far even, in his immoral degredation, as to give her his wife's jewelry. His wife appeared in the court house a witness against him. And yet for all this, Judge Aldrich, according to his idea of right and justice(?) saw fit to send each of them to the penitentiary only six months. We cannot see the Justice in sending a poor ignorant negro woman, the tool of this man's accursed blackheartedness, six months to the penitentiary; while a white man of intelligence. a perjurer of his marriage vows, is sent only the same time. Ten years-a life sentence-would have been too short for him.

The Manning Times Wednesday June 27 1888 Front page

The Mother of albinos.

Four very curious specimens of distorted humanity from The Americus Georgia Recorder.

Harriett Sperlin, colored, died at her home in this city about two weeks ago of paralysis. Harriett was somewhat distinguished by being the mother of four genuine albino children. She and her husband Jerry Sperlin, they were truly black. Their first three children were as black as they were. The next four, in sucession, were as white as it is possible for a human to be with blue eyes, which danced about in their sockets, and white hair which kinked like that of a genuine negro. Then the last two or three of their children were as black as the first. Of the four albinos, three were girls and one a boy. and all grew up to man and womanhood, since which time two of the girls have died. The boy, Tom Sperlin, left here a short time ago for florida. The father of these albinos is still living, and says that from the time they were five years old till they were grown, he has been offered large sums of money for these children by showmen, who wished to exhibit them as curiosities. Some offered him a half interest in the net proceeds and promised a safe return of the children, but Jerry positively declined all such offers, saying that his conscience would not allow him to speculate in his own flesh and blood.

The Manning Times Wednesday August 15 1888

Thrashing a sneak thief

John Ashby Nelson, a colored boy of this town, was caught last Thursday afternoon in the act of raising corn, not however, by the time honored method of honored plow, but by the far more expedious method, from the cart of Mr George Ridgill, who had left it only a moment before, going into the store of Mr Weinberg. On returning he found one sack gone. and the boy preparing to make another haul. When accused as to the missing grain.. feeling that it was no doubt that it was an event in his life needing explanation, he replied that the corn had been taken by him just to see what he (Mr Ridgill) would say about it. Mr Ridgill appears not to have appreciated this practical joking, and with horsewhip he fell aboard the darky and thrashed him soundly, only desisting when the thief burst like a battering ram through the fence around the lot and escaped. One-cat-o-nine-tails is worth all the statue laws in the State to punish and prevent such acts.

The Manning Times Wednesday August 29 1888

Walter Howe, colored, of Florence,was arrested in that town last week by a Mr. Blount, white, a trial justice's constable. Howe last Saturday saw Mr. Ed Blount on the street, and mistaking him for his brother, the constable, shot at him with a pistol inflicting a severe and dangerous wound in the abdomen. Ed Blount immediately returned the fire, killing Howe. The coroner's jury gave a verdict of self defense. Blount is improving, and it is thought he will recover.

The Manning Times Wednesday August 29 1888

Killed by a Tree

On Tuesday last Riley King, a colored man in the employment of Mr. Howard Muldrow, while going to his work on Mr. Wilsons railroad, lay sleeping, with his head reclining upon a sack of corn. While laying there a dead tree fell across the car on which he was riding and cut the sack of corn in half. But strange to say he suffered no injury. Still it was to be a day of doom for him in this line. He proceeds to his place of work and before the day was out, while cutting cross ties, a tree or a limb from a falling tree, struck him and killed him. These were indeed, a singular combination of accidents to befall anyone in so short a time. And it would seem as though the very narrow escape of the morning, while on the railroad, would have been sufficient warning to place him on the lookout for the remainder of the day. Mr. Cochran, the coroner, was telegraphed for, but not finding him in time, trial justice Bragdon, of Foreston held the inquest.

The Manning Times Wednesday September 5 1888

Lancaster, S.C.

August 30 1888, Yesterday afternoon at about 6 pm W.C. Outen, section master on the Three C's road, struck and killed with a spiking hammer, Henry Dye, colored, an employee of the road. The homicide was a brutal and cruel murder, and the good people of Lancaster are much incensed over the outage. The circumstances of the killing are as follows: Dye, who was carting dirt on Mr Adam's force, got the wheel of his barrow fastened between the iron rail and a plank at the crossing. Outen told the negro "to get that thing out of there." Dye made some reply when Outen said "Do you mean to give me any slack talk", and struck him, with the result above mentioned. Outen made his escape and has not yet been arrested.

The Manning Times Wednesday September 12 1888

A Negro Cut in half

Peter Leonard, a negro employee at Alderman's mill, while riding on the tram cars, one day last week, and while the train was in motion, about three mile from the mill, attempted to walk on the coupling pole from one flat to another. These poles are small and round, about eight feet long and four inches in diameter. He attempted to walk it four times, the forth time falling between the cars, which passed over him, cutting him in two, severing the lower limbs entirely from the trunk. His desire was trying to go from one car to another was to join a party of negroes playing cards. Coroner Cochran very promptly held an inquest, the verdict being carelessness on the negros part.

The Manning Times Wednesday October 17 1888

A Negro Killed in Branchville

The Manning Times Wednesday October 17 1888

Francis James, a little colored boy of the Santee section was judged a lunatic last week and sent to the Asylum. Brain fever was the cause of the trouble.

The Manning Times Wednesday October 17 1888

A Colored John Sullivan

An unruly negro named Tom Petrell

The Manning Times Wednesday October 24 1888

E. G. and Butler Du Bose on the court schedule charged with malicious trespassing.. not prosecuted.

The Manning Times Wednesday October 24 1888

Tom Peterkin a colored Dude


Newspapers Used

The Sumter Watchman

The Manning Times

The Columbia Daily Register

The Palmetto Leader (Black)

The Samaritan Herald The Voice of Job (Black)

The Freedman



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