Letter in Boston, Massachusetts, to Governor B. M. Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.

Title

Letter in Boston, Massachusetts, to Governor 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

Description

This unsigned letter to Governor Miller asks how much blood African Americans have to pay in the name of white supremacy. After all the unappreciated labor—of cooking, tilling soil, building roads—this anonymous writer begs that the Governor show, not just say, that he would protect his "old black mammy" and her children. The writer states that allowing the Scottsboro Boys to be electrocuted would make the Governor a murderer.

Creator

Author unknown

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004234, Folder 39, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1931-06-04

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--Massachusetts--Boston

Transcription


Boston, Mass.
June 4, 1931
Governor G.W. Miller
Montgomery, Alabama

Your honor Sir,
As a lunden-bearer of my
God and fellow man, I take
this chance to ask your, OK: White
Supremacy, how much blood
have we to "pay" in their name?
We have tilled the soil, build
the roads, cooked for and nursed
you from generation to generation.
now nine descendants of such
unappreciated laborers are
facing an electric mob June
10th just because some good-
for-nothing white women said
they were raped. Such <u>lies</u> have
carried a many poor negro to
death, but the white man in


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this, my country America must
and shall pay the price. Why
cannot you see that the word
of God and the laws of nature
never change?
If these innocent lads are
murded, and you do not do
what you can to prevent it,
you are the <u>murderer</u>.
Instead of telling people
what you think of your "old
Black Mammy", show-Black
that
mammy's children ^ you would
protect them <u>even</u> as much
as you would would your "Pet
Dog".
The eyes of heaven and hell
are upon you. I remember that
these same eyes were upon.


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Louis XIV of France.

Be careful; for when you
sign papers to electricute those
negro boys, you might be signing
papers to electricute some of
you own kinds folks.
If you have read this Sir,
Thank you. If not, I thank
you just the same.


(note: elctricute - electrocute)