Letter from S. O. Rusby in Staten Island, New York, to Gov. 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
S. O. Rusby writes that it may have been better if "we had left them in Africa and have gone there to elevate them." He adds that it is everyone's responsibility "to make good citizens of these people." He also writes that the North is not guiltless of race issues and that justice should be done for white and black. He asks no injustice be done to the Scottsboro Boys.
Rusby, S. O.
Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004238, Folder 12, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History
United States--New York--Staten Island
S.O. Rusby Staten Island Prince Bay APR 19 12 M 1933 S. I. N. Y. N. Y. Gov. B. M. Miller, Montgomery, Alabama. Prince Bay, S. I. N. Y. Apr. 18th, 1933 To His Excellency, Gov BM Miller, Montgomery Ala Dear Sir: You are receiving many letters concerning the convicted Negro and the eight still to be tried in the Scottsboro case, I realize that the Negro problem is one that is troubling both North and South and i am inclined to think when Icall to mind all the trouble that has been caused by bringing slavss to America, that it would have been better had we left them in Africa and have gone there to elevate them. But we all did the deed, and we all must work together to solve the problem of helping to make good citizens of these people, whom we stole fromtheir homes I am asking in nine White boys had attacked two Colored girls would there have been the same efforts made to secure conviction and pun- ishment. Of course there should have been. North We at the tNotrth are not guiltless in the matter of prejudice, and worse matters seem to be getting^rather than better. But all who desire fair play should be interested in seeing that that justice is d one to both Black and White. Excuse my taking your valuable time, but I do ask that so far as you have power in this matter, you will se that no injustice is done the boys. Respectfully yours, S. O. Rusby