Times-Picayune clipping

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Moore, James Aaron; Morgan, A. T. (Albert Talmon); Miscegenation

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A Scandal in High Colored Circles - The Capital Light Guards and the Washington Drill.

JACKSON, Miss., April 9. [Special.] Mayor McGill's office was the scene of a wedding this evening, at which neither cake nor cards played a part. This morning the Rev. J. Aaron Moore, colored, was seen standing in front of the Episcopal Church with a mammoth double-barreled shotgun in hand, which he leveled on W. B. Taylor, a colored youth, as he approached on his way from the post office.

The irate parson was prevented from shooting by bystanders, and the whole party went to the Mayor's office, when it was learned that the cause of the trouble was that the young man Taylor, who seems be a "masher" in colored society, had been for sometime paying marked attention to Ida Moore, the 18-year old daughter of the parson, ceasing his attention a short time since. The parson alleges that he has just discovered that things had gone wrong as the result of the intimacy of the young couple, and he was determined to right the wrongs of his daughter in the usual manner of the more highly enlightened race. A compromise was, however, affected, a license procured, and instead of a funeral a wedding closed the trouble.

Colored society is very much excited over the affair, as both parties moved in the upper circles. The boy is a son of a deacon of the same church as Rev. Mr. Moore, who has more than a State reputation, as in the heyday of carpetbaggism in Mississippi he was one of the leaders and the most prominent figure on the negro side in the Meridian riots, which cost twenty people their lives in 1868. Afterwards he was made famous by being the only colored preacher who ever in Mississippi performed the ceremony of uniting in marriage a white man and a negro woman. He pronounced the bans which united the celebrated Col. Morgan, Sheriff of Yazoo county, and the murderer of Helliard, with the negress Carrie Highgate, which event was so notorious that it was heralded all over the country. Since the fall of the carpet-bag regime the Rev. Aaron had dropped out of sight and become a hard working blacksmith, till again brought to sight to-day.




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