Guardsmen Save Negro From Mob

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Mount Carmel Item
Place of publication: Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania
Date of publication: 8/15/1933 0:00
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Alabama Troopers Surround Jail to Protect Prisoner Following Lynchings. Tuscaloosa, Ala., Aug 15, (UP)- A company of the Alabama National Guard surrounded the county jail today to protest the Negro Victim of a bungled lynching. Threats were circulated that a mob would storm the jail. The Negro was 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 beside Pippen and Harden thinking he was dead and that he freed himself from a handcuff and crawled to the shanty. The Tuscaloosa company of 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. Enroute to Birmingham the sheriff was waylaid by a mob that seized the three Negroes.