Bungled Lynching Victim Protected by National Guard

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Shamokin Daily News
Place of publication: Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Date of publication: 8/15/1933 0:00
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Threats Are Circulated that Mob will Storm Jail Where Negro Defendants is Imprisoned. Tuscaloosa, Ala., Aug 15.- (UP)- A company of the Alabama national guard surrounded the county jail today to protect the negro victim of a bungled lynching as threats were circulated that a mob would storm the jail. The negro Elmore Clark, 28, who was taken from the sheriff Saturday night with Dan Pippen Jr., 18, and A.T. Harden, 16, also negroes. The bodies of Pippen and Harden were found riddled with bullets in a roadside ditch early Sunday. Clark was found in a shanty last night. He was in a serious condition from two bullet wounds. Authorities believed the mob had left him besides Pippen and Harden thinking he was dead and that he freed himself from a handcuff and crawled to the shanty. The Tuscaloosa company of the national guard was ordered mobilized by Governor B.M Miller at the request of County Judge H.B. Foster. The three negroes were charged with the murder of Vaudine Maddox, 18, white. When they were arraigned, attorneys for the International Labor Defense sought to serve as counsel, but were disqualified by Judge Foster. The attorneys were threatened by a mob and authorities fearing for the negroes’ safety, ordered the prisoners transferred to the stronger. Birmingham jail Saturday. En route to Birmingham the sheriff was waylaid by a mob that seized the three negroes.