I.L.D. IS Blamed for Lynching of 2 Negroes

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Anniston Star
Place of publication: Anniston, Alabama
Date of publication: 8/14/1933 0:00
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I.L.D.IS BLAMED FOR LYNCHING OF 2 NEGROES Mob Takes Trio Charged With Murdering Tuscaloosa Girl From Officers THIRD NEGRO STILL IS MISSING TODAY New York Attorneys Accuse Judge Foster Responsible for Killings TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 14. (U.P) -Bellef that the mob of white men who yesterday lynched two negroes in the Vaudine Maddox murder case had liberated Elmore Clark, a third accused negro, was bolstered here this afternoon after a 36-hour search for his body had proved futile TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 14. (U.P.) A grand jury was to be summoned today to investigate the lynching of two young negroes charged with the murder of 3 white girl. While the International Labor Defense, whose attorneys were threatened with lynching and for- bidden from serving as the negroes’ counsel, charged local offi- cials 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 Maddox, 18, were taken from deputy sherifs who were removing them “to Birm- ingham for protection. The bodies of Pippen and Harden were found beside the high- way early Sunday ,riddled with bullets. Clark was not found and authorities thought the mob had told him to leave the state. The negroes were handcuffed together when taken by the mob. The handcuff that held Clark to Pippen had been unlocked. Pippen and Harden still were handcuffed together when found., Judge Foster blamed the Inter- national Labor Defense for the lynching. He said local feeling was stirred by reports the organization would make another effort to have its attorneys defend the negroes. Officials had knowledge that a group of citizens were determined to keep “this case from becoming another Scottsboro affair,” he said: Recently when the negroes were called into court, severalâ„¢hundred men surrounded the courthouse where defense attorneys, Irwin Schwab of New York; Allen Taub of New York, and Frank Irwin of ( Birmingham sought refuge. There was no serious violence at that time however. The attorneys were warned to stay out of the case, but a few days ago, it was announced that the International Labor Defense would again attempt to place lawyers on the defense counsel.