Letter from the Taxi Workers Union in New York, New York, to Governor Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.

Title

Letter from the Taxi Workers Union in New York, New York, to Governor 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

The Taxi Workers Union protests the Scottsboro trials and declares the defendants' innocence. For the 1933 Judge Callahan trials, they ask that the ILD be given the time needed to prepare their defense and get an affidavit for Ruby Bates. They express concern about Judge Callahan and demand the defendants' release.

Creator

Taxi Workers Union (New York, N.Y.)

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004240, Folder 17, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1933-11-28

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--New York--New York

Transcription

TAXI WORKERS UNION NEW YORK N.Y.
87 E. 18 St. N. Y. C. NOV 28 430 PM
STA.D
933

Governor Miller
Montgomery, Alabama

TAXI WORKERS UNION
37 East 13 Street
New York City
November 28, 1933

Governor Miller
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Sir:

For more than two years that nine Scottsboro boys, the innocent
victims of race prejudice, have been in immediate danger of mob
lynching, while the State of Alabama has failed so far in carry-
ing through a "legal" lynching.

The members of the Taxi Workers Union are convinced that these
boys, now on trial in Decatur, are innocent, and that previous
convictions were based, not on proof of guilt, but on race pre-
judice fostered by the white ruling class of the south. We
raise our voices in united protest against this vicious attempt
of the state government, of which you are the supreme head,to
burn these boys because their skins are black.

We demand that the International Labor Defense be given all the
time needed to prepare their defense, that time be given the de-
fense to get an affidavit from Ruby Bates, that Judge Callahan
does not try to rush these trials through in three days each, and
that he ceases to hamper the defense in its work. We hold you
personally responsible for the adequate protection of the lives
of these boys and their lawyers while in Decatur.

We demand the immediate freedom of the Scottsboro boys,

Respectfully yours,

Taxi Workers Union