Jailed Negro Kept from Mob

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Los Angelos Evening Post-Record
Place of publication: Los Angelos, California
Date of publication: 8/15/1933 0:00
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JAILED NEGRO KEPT FROM MOB Guards Called, To Protect Murder Suspect TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Aug. 15. (U.P)-A company of the Alabama national guard surrounded the county jail today to protect the negro victims 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. Authorities believed the mob left him beside Pippen and Harden, thinking he was dead, and that he freed himself from a handcuff and crawled to the shanty. The three negroes were charged with murdering 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.