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Letter from Vigilante Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in Ardwick, Maryland, to the Honorable B. M. Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Title

Letter from Vigilante Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in Ardwick, Maryland, to the Honorable 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; Vigilante Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Ardwick, MD)

Description

The Delta Sigma Theta sorority of Ardwick, Maryland, asks Governor Miller to free the Scottsboro Boys at once and to do away with lynch law. The group asks him to uphold justice, as the eyes of the world are on Alabama.

Creator

Vigilante Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Ardwick, MD)

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004239, Folder 16, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1933-07-10

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--Maryland--Ardwick

Transcription

[Delta Sigma Theta]
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Mrs. Esther Popel Shaw
CHAIRMAN VIGILANCE COMMITTEE July
ARDWICK, MD. Tenth
1933
The Honorable B. M. Miller,
Governor of Alabama,
The State House,
Montgomery, Alabama.

My dear Sir:

For months, with the rest of the citizens of
America and the civilized world, the Vigilance Committee of
the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a nation-wide organization
of gradate and undergraduate college women, has followed
with deep interest and concern the court proceedings carried
on in Decatur, Alabama, and known generally as the "Scotts-
boro Case".

Since you are as familiar with the history of this case
as we are, and since you are surely convinced that if these
boys are allowed to die on the evidence offered against them,
it will be a horrible travesty on justice and a blot on the
name of Alabama, and of America, that nothing can ever efface
we are urging you to take steps at once to free the boys-
all nine of them- and so deal to lynch law the death-blow it
deserves.

The eyes of the world are on Alabama and you. We beg
of you to be courageous enough to keep your state from shame
and to uphold the flickering torch of Justice.

Very truly yours,
Esther P. Shaw
Esther P. Shaw, Chairman
VIGILANCE COMMITTEE
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY