Letter from Geo. T. Baker and Mack Adkin in Ensley, Alabama, to Hon. B. M. Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.
Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931; African Americans--Civil rights--Alabama; African Americans--Imprisonment--Alabama; Miller, Benjamin Meek, 1864-1944
Concerned that the state has spent a lot of money on the trial of the Scottsboro Boys and will spend more yet, two "citizens and tax payers of Jefferson County, Alabama" offer to perform the Scottsboro Boys' execution for free. They mention to Governor Miller that they are electricians and electric operators.
Baker, Geo. T. and Mack Adkin
Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004234, Folder 13, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History
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Ensley, Alabama, March 15, 1931,
To Hon. B.M. Miller,
Governor State of Alabama,
We the undersigned being citizens and tax payers of Jefferson
County, Alabama, employed by the T. C. I. & R. R. Co. Ensley, have followed
with much interest the trial of the eight criminals who having been convicted
of criminal assault at Scottsboro, Alabama, and are now in Jefferson County
jail awaiting removal to the State Prison for execution.
We are mindful of the fact that much of the States money has been
spent in affording a safe and fair trial and being aware also that more money
must be spent before their execution shall be complete, we wish to offer out
service cost free for this particular execution to act in place of anyone who
otherwise may be designated and who in return would collect large fees which
we consider unreasonable when we would be preforming a duty to the State gratis .
As to qualifications we are both electricians and electric operators.
Trusting you will consider our request and hoping to receive a favor-
able reply, we are,
Yours very truly,
Geo. T. Baker
P.O. Box 117.