Two Negroes are Lynched Sunday Near Birmingham

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The LaFayette Sun
Place of publication: LaFayette, Alabama
Date of publication: 8/16/1933 0:00
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MOB OVERPOWERS SHERIFF AND RIDDLES TWO WITH BULLETS- ONE ESCAPES. Three negroes being spirited firm Tuscaloosa ti Birmingham for safekeeping, pending trial on charge of slaying a 21-year-old white girl, were taken from officers and two of them later found shot to death near Blocton, 23 miles west of Birmingham, in Bibb couny. The removal followed increasing rumors throughout Saturday that an attack would be made on the jail to take the negroes, Dan Pippen Jr., 18, Elmore Clark, 28, and A.T. Harden, 16, who were under indictment in the slaying of Miss Vaudine Maddox, in rural Tuscaloosa County several weeks ago. Pippen and Harden were the two found shot to death. Officers reported that bodies of the two negroes bore approximately 25 pistol wounds. Sheriff R.L. Chamblin, in announcing that armed cars had overpowered his deputies and taken the negroes just inside the Jefferson County line, said “we took many precautions ti prevent anything of this nature. I believe the interference of the International Labor Defense lawyers in the case is directly responsible for this violence. Clark was located by officers Monday bearing several gun wounds when he called for a negro physician at Woodstock.