Letter from an unknown author in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Governor Miller in Montgomery, Alabama.

Title

Letter from an unknown author in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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 anonymous sender of this letter writes that Alabama is his or her native state, and hopes that Governor Miller will save its "fair name." The writer asks the Governor to do something, "if you have to take those negroes out and shoot them." The letter also includes a political cartoon that suggests "Justice" is leaving Decatur, Alabama.

Creator

Author unknown

Source

Alabama Governor, Scottsboro Case appeals to the Governor, SG004240, Folder 25, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History

Date

1933-12-12

Format

Letter

Language

English

Coverage

United States--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh

Transcription

PITTSBURGH PA 4 MAIL
DEC 13 530 PM EARLY
1933 FOR
CHRISTMAS


GOVERNOR MILLER,
STATE HOUSE,
MONTGOMERY,
ALABAMA.

Pittsburg, Pa.
Dec. 12 1933.
Governor Miller:-
After seeing such
as the enclosed article I am ashamed
to hold up my head and say that
Alabama is my native state. Is there
nothing that can be done to save the
fair name of Alabama. I only wish
you could hear what these people up
here are saying about our fair state.
Please Governor Miller do something
to save the name of out fair state
if you have to take those negroes out
and shoot them.

[Newspaper excerpt: THE PITTSBURGH PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1933

In the Deep South

[picture of Justice personified weeping, and walking along a road away from Alabama. She drags her sword behind her as she walks. A sign reads ìYOU ARE NOW LEAVING DECATUR, ALAî. In the background we see a small house and two African American figures watching Justice depart.]