Letter from Lell Smith in Sumner, Washington, to Governor.

Title

Letter from Lell Smith in Sumner, Washington, to Governor.

Subject

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

Description

Lell Smith believes the Scottsboro conviction is based on race prejudice, and argues that a person who is both working class and African American is treated more harshly by the court system. He requests that Governor Miller correct this mistake.

Creator

Smith, Lell

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004234, Folder 30, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1931-06-26

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--Washington--Sumner

Transcription

Scottsboro Sumner Washington.
June 26th, 1931.
Dear Governor-;
From what I understand vicious race prejudice convicted,
those negro boys at Scotsboro. As a man born in the
South myself. I am expecting to see this travisty on
justice corrected by you.

Belonging to the Working Class in itself, is
a sufficient handicap in an American Court, let alone
being black in color.

I am expecting you to have sufficient
courage to correct this wrong, and save the name of
the State of Alabama from the stain of being bloodthirsty
to a socalled inferior race.

Very respectfully,

Lell Smith