Document 12D: "Protest at Executions. Speakers Here Say Eight Negroes in Alabama Were ‘Railroaded,’" New York Times, 29 June 1931, p. 18.



Speakers Here Say Eight Negroes
In Alabama Were "Railroaded."

    Three thousand Negroes crowded yesterday afternoon into Salem Methodist Episcopal church, at 129th Street and Seventh Avenue, to protest against the execution, scheduled for July 10, in Scottsboro, Ala., of eight Negroes, all minors, for attacks on two white girls.

    The speakers were Walter White, secretary of the Association for the Advancement of Colored People; William Pickens, field secretary of the association, and Bishop R. C. Lawson of the Pentecostal Church of Harlem, who presided.

    White and Pickens, who went to Alabama to investigate, declared that the defendants, ranging in age from 14 to 20, were "railroaded." …

    The speakers depreciated the efforts of Communists in behalf of the condemned boys, saying they were harming the case more than helping it…

    A woman who said she was Mrs. Ada Wright, mother of one of the condemned boys, addressed a meeting across the street in the Negro Elks' Auditorium and another in Lafayette Hall, 131st Street and Seventh Avenue. She charged that the boys had been "framed."

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