Letter from Martin Flowers in Detroit, Michigan, to Governor Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.
Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931; African Americans--Civil rights--Alabama; African Americans--Imprisonment--Alabama; Miller, Benjamin Meek, 1864-1944; Communism
Martin Flowers urges Governor Miller to "stand firm" in his support for the Scottsboro trial outcome. Flowers identifies himself as a southerner and warns Governor Miller of the dangers of "Communists" and their "propergander" by describing crimes of foreign-born persons in Detroit.
Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004234, Folder 8, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History
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April 27th 1931.
Dear Govenor, I was borned and
reared in Birmingham but have been out the state
for sixteen years, but have a deep interest for our
grand old state at heart.
I note from the "Communist" papers
that Scottsboro has convicted nine Negroes men
to the electric chair for July 10th and they are trying
to have them freed.
Now Govenor, I want to say that I truly
hope that you will not ^ influenced by the
"Communist" propergander for they are the most
deadly enemy to America to-day, and unless
our American people wake up and put them
out of this Country they are giving to cause us
serious trouble in the future
They are all trouble makers and are doing
all they can to break down all our laws, we are
having trouble with them here now.
Detroit is about 60% foreign born
and things look bad for the future.
Our Courts here now are more like a
Vaudeville than a court.
Gangsters and racketters (mostly foreign born)
have got a strong holt here.
We have just ended a sensational trial
of three Italian gangsters which has cost our city
The "Communist" are doing all they can to
break down our "Jim Crow" law in Alabama.
The negroes are real imprudent here and
are very insulting.
If you think those negroes are guilty and
have had a fair trial stand firm against
"Communist" propergander from other states.
I am old old man, who believe that we
must enforce all our laws, and stand behind them.
Praying God's guidance for you in
this matter and all others.
Yours very truly,
1308 Gratiot ave.