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"Bloodthirsty Vest." from the Roanoke Times (March 10, 1891)

This short article from the Roanoke Times (March 10, 1891) describes an incident in which someone dropped off several issues of the Roanoke Weekly Press, Roanokeꞌs first black newspaper, at police headquarters. This act was a response to a police campaign against black "vagrants" and African American saloons and eating-houses in Gainsboro, which resulted in numerous arrests as well as accusations of police brutality from black residents.

Transcription from Original

Several copies of the Weekly Press, the organ of the colored people, came to police headquarters yesterday evening addressed to "Bloodthirsty, and other policemen." "Bloodthirsty" was present at the time and got his paper.