Death warrant with the name Noah J. Tilghman crossed out and replaced with J.B. Brown's name

Death warrant with the name Noah J. Tilghman crossed out and replaced with J.B. Brown's name

Source

State Archives of Florida: Series 12, Volume 1, Box 46

Description

Death warrant signed by Governor William S. Jennings.

Date

January 16, 1901

Creator

Jennings, William Sherman, 1863-1920.

Contributors

Crawford, John L.

Format

Warrants

Coverage

Florida Boom and Progressive Era (1890-1926)

General Note

On December 21, 1901, Governor William S. Jennings signed a death warrant listing Noah J. Tilghman as the man to be hanged. Tilghman's name had been mistakenly written on the warrant. The death warrant was supposed to be issued for J. B. Brown, an African-American man wrongfully convicted of murdering white railroad engineer Harry E. Wesson. After the debacle with the death warrant, Brown was sentenced to life in prison. In 1913, Brown was exonerated.