Crowd Mills at Door of Jail, Seeking Negro

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Johnson City Chronicle
Place of publication: Johnson City, Tennessee
Date of publication: 7/21/1934 0:00
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Alleged Attacker of Alabama Co-ed Is Closely Guarded Against Lynch. Tuscaloosa, Ala., July 20 (UP)- A crowd of of 150 orderly, silent men gathered around the county jail here tonight when a negro accused of attempting to attack a young white girl was imprisoned. There were no outspoken threats of violence. At one time there was a general movement of the crowd toward the front door of the jail. The men obeyed orders of deputies to move back. Officers said the negro confessed. Mary Tate Kicker, 20-year-old University of Alabama co-ed who outran the negro after he had knocked her down, identified Banks as her assailant. Authorities took precautions to guard the negro’s life although here were no open violence threats. The crowd about the jail had doubled in three hours. It was recalled that less than a year ago- on las August 13- Dan Pippen, Jr., and A.T. Harden negroes, accused of assaulting and slaying a white girl near here shot to death by a mob that took them from officers escorting them to Birmingham for safekeeping.