Letter from G. Thomas in Jefferson City, Missouri, to Honorable Governor in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Title

Letter from G. Thomas in Jefferson City, Missouri, to Honorable Governor in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Subject

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

Description

An African American county jail chaplain from Missouri, Rev. Capt. G. Thomas, proclaims the innocence of the Scottsboro Boys and asks the Governor to show mercy.

Creator

Thomas, G.

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004234, Folder 7, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1931-04-24

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--Missouri--Jefferson City

Transcription


Scottsboro
File
230 Locust St.,
Jefferson City Mo.
April 24, 1931
Honorable Governor
Scottsboro Alabama
Dear Sir:
After reading
in one of our home
newspaper "The Jefferson
City Post Tribune," and
was very sorry to see
where nine of my
race was to be lynched.
It made my heart re-
joice to see where you
had protest the boys
Now I am pleading to
you in the name of

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God to protect them
From all appearance
your honor the boys
look very green inoc-
ent. I am pleading
to you for mercy for
those boys.
I cannot see where
Nine shall die for the
same offense. In the
State of missouri they
lynch. one and ten not
nine. your honor God
does not love ugly
I am sending you this
little clipping out of
our paper the morning
paper "The Daily Capital

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news" showing to you
that God has no respect-
ive person.
I have been in
prison work for 34
years, and this is
my first time seeing
where nine must
be [undecipherable] for the
same offense.
This is all.
Yours in Christ
"Peo. Capt. G. Thomas
State Slum Worker and
County Jail Chaplain."
Phone 1776