Grand Jury to Probe Lynching of Two Negroes

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Shamokin Daily News
Place of publication: Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Date of publication: 8/14/1933 0:00
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GRAND JURY TO PROBE LYNCHING OF TWO NEGROES Attorneys Charge Local Authorities With Responsibility for Act. Tuscaloosa, Ala., Aug. 14-(UP)- – grand jury was summoned today to investigate the lynching of two young negroes charged with the murder of a white girl. While the international labor defense, whose attorneys were threatened with lynching and forbidden from serving as the negroes’ counsel, charged local officials with responsibility for the lynching, Judge Henry B. Foster said he would order a “sincere and thorough” investigation. Three negroes-Dan Pippen, Jr., 18, A. T. Harden, 16, and Elmore Clark, 28-all charged with the murder of Vaudine Maddiox, 18, were taken from deputy sheriffs who were removing them to Birmingham for protection. The bodies of Pippen and Harden were found beside the highway early Sunday, riddled with bullets. Clark was not found and authorities thought the mob had told him to leave the state.