Letter from Robert R. Moton in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, to Hon. B. M. Miller, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Title

Letter from Robert R. Moton in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, to Hon. B. M. Miller, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Subject

Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931; African Americans--Civil rights--Alabama; African Americans--Imprisonment--Alabama; Miller, Benjamin Meek, 1864-1944; Tuskegee Institute

Description

Tuskegee Institute president Robert R. Moton writes to the Governor of Alabama on the school's letterhead, applauding the orderly punishment of crime, but stating that he hopes the courts will be equally just with African Americans as with whites.

Creator

Moton, Robert R.

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004236, Folder 1, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1931-04-14

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--Alabama--Tuskegee

Transcription

TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE, ALABAMA
ROBERT R. MOTON

April 14, 1931.




Dear Governor:

I am writing to thank you for the promptness
and effectiveness of your action looking toward
the prevention of a horrible tragedy at Scottsboro
which, I am sure, had it transpired, would have
shocked the moral sense of the whole country, and
placed a stigma on out great state, wholly unde-
served for law and order which has been maintained
now for many years by her citizens.

The prompt and orderly process of punishing
crime meets with the hearty approval of all wor-
thy citizens in both races; but the end of the
law is justice and I am confident that in this
case you will see that such protection as the
courts can give will be meted out to the humblest,
the poorest - yes, and the blackest member of our
commonwealth.
Very sincerely yours,
R.R. Moton

c/

Hon. B.M. Miller
Governor of Alabama
State Capitol
Montgomery, Alabama