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Letter from Berkeley Friends Meeting in Berkeley, California, to His Excellency the Governor of Alabama in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Title

Letter from Berkeley Friends Meeting in Berkeley, California, to His Excellency the Governor of Alabama in Montgomery, Alabama.

Subject

Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931; African Americans--Civil rights--Alabama; African Americans--Imprisonment--Alabama; Miller, Benjamin Meek, 1864-1944; Berkeley Society of Friends (Berkeley, Ca.); Horton, James Edwin, 1878-1973

Description

The Berkeley Society of Friends ask for Governor Miller's consideration of the Scottsboro case, as even Judge Horton had made comments about the lack of credibility of the evidence. The group asks for the Scottsboro Boys' release and protection. They write that they are sympathetic with the difficulties of Governor Miller's position and are not trying to be overly critical of the state of Alabama.

Creator

Berkeley Society of Friends (Berkeley, Ca.)

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004239, Folder 18, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1933-05-10

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--California--Berkeley

Transcription

San Francisco, Calif. 10
Oct. 6 730 pm 1933

Governor B. M. Miller.
Montgomery
<u>Alabama.</u>

H. R. Erskine Berkeley Friends Meeting
Clerk (Society of Friends)
1649 San Lorenzo Ave. Vine and Walnut Streets
Berkeley, Calif. Berkeley, California
5. X. 1933.

To His Excellency the Governor of Alabama.
B.M. Miller.
Montgomery, Alabama.

Dear Mr. Governor.

The Berkeley Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers)
would urge your consideration of the terrible
injustice in the case of the Scottsboro defendants.
Their long and cruel incarceration without the
possibility of bail, when, as Judge Horton said
in his recent decision, there is nothing but
discredited evidence against them; should
move the State and its representatives in
their behalf.

We would urge upon you then, that they
be immediately released, and that upon
such release adequate protection be provided
against mob violence.

We would not have you think that we
are without understanding or sympathy
with the difficulties of your position;
nor would we wish you to think we
are over critical of the State of Alabama.
We are too sadly aware of the short-
comings of our own State of California.
We do believe however that justice
demands that these negroes be freed.

(Mrs.) Hannah R. Erskine
Clerk.

M. Stanislawsky
/Ch./ Committee)