Microfilm Reel 286, File 543, "Lynching"

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All the microfilm scans from the file number 543, "Lynching," on reel 286 from the Executive Office files of the Woodrow Wilson Papers, series 4 in the Library of Congress finding aid.

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-3spirit of morale to their soldiers fighting the mob spirit acrose the sea.

We call upon every colored man and woman in the land to be care-

ful to abstain from evil so as to give no occasion for the outbreak of the mob spirit.

We further call upon our people to cooperate with new zeal in every part of the war progran to the end that the spirit of injustice

may be removed from the face of the earth, both at home and abroad.

And now may the God of battles that hovered oner Washington

and Lincoln guard and guideyou that in his own time and way the feet of the nation may be led into the way of peace.

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COUNCIL OF NATIONAL DEFENSE WASHINGTON

STATE COUNCILS SECTION

Ackgd 8/5/18

August 5, 1918.

Honorable Joseph P. Tumulty, Secretary to the President, White House, Washington, D. C.

My dear Mr. Tumulty:

This office desires to have printed for distribution to the State, County and Community Councils the President's statement of July 26th relative to mob action.

Will there be any objection to our having the signature of the President to that statement printed in facsimile?

Your early answer will be appreciated.

Very truly yours,

Arthur H. Elening Chief of Section.

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NATIONAL OFFICERS PRESIDENT

MOORTIELD STORFY

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE

EKECUTIVE OFTICERS

ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

PROFOSES TO MAKE 110OO.OOO AMERICANS PHYSICALIY

VICEPRESIDENTS ARCHIBALD H. GAIMKE

TREE FROM FEONAGE, MENTALLY TREE FROM IGNORANCE

POLITICALLY FREE FROMDISFRANCHISEMENT, AND

REV. JOHN HAYNES HOLMES

SOCIALLY TREE TROM INSULT

BISHOF JONN HURST

MARY WMITE OVINGTON

TIRLD SECRTTARY

WALTER F. WAITE ASSISTANT SECRTTANY

IELEPMONE CHELSEA 74SI

OSWALD GARRISON VILLARD

OF PUELICATIORS AND RESLARCH

JONN R. SMILLABY, SECRETARY

JAMES WELDON SOMNSON

70 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW VORRK

JOHN E. MILHOLLAND

MAIOR S. E. SPINCARH 0. S. VILLARD, TREASURER

Da. W. E. BS. DU BOts. DIRECTOR

August 9. 1918. Mr. Joseph P. Tumulty, Secretary to the President,

Washington, D. C.

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My dear Sir: I had your prompt acknowledgment of the memorandum

submitted to the President by me on behalf of this Association on

July 25. This memorandum concerned the lynching of Negroes.

The Association is deeply gratified at the Presidents

strong and powerful denunciation of Lynching and mob violence. It

is difficult to see how the statement the President has made could

be improved upon. It is in every sense admirable.

There is one thing to which I should like to direct your attention and that is as to whether the President would think the following fact important enough to warrant his attention; that

on July 10 the Assistant Secretary of the Association presented to Governor Dorsey of Georgia the names of seventeen participants in

the mob which had lynched the first two of eleven victims of the

orgy of lynching which occurred during four days in May. The

memorandum presented by our Assistant Secretary to Governor Dorsey

on that occasion accompanies my letter on lynching to the President,

under date of July 25, and is Exhibit A. This Exhibit contains the

names of the seventeen alleged lynchers. Press stories published

widely on Monday, August 5, do not give the names as we have not

yet released them for the press.

World.

I am enclosing you a clipping from the New Tork Sincerely yours,

John PR. Shillady Secretaty.

IRS/RR

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THE FORLD: MOND

Names of Two Alleged Kingeaders and Fitteen Others in

Georgia Mobs Are Given

to Gov. Dorsey. The National Association for the

Advancement of Colored Peopie has announced that two of the ringleaders

and Rfteen other members of mobs that lynched negroes in Brooks and Lowndes Counties, Georgia, last May

have been named to Gov. Dorsey of Georgia. The information was got by

Walter F. White, Assistant Secretary of the association, who made a per-

sonal Investigation.

Mr. Whites

Andings were submitted to Gov. Dor-

sey on July 10, and a copy was malled to President Wilson.

Eleven Nevroes Eracbed.

A summary of his report says:

instead of six victims of the mobs

which ranged over Brooks and Lown.

des Counties from May 17 to May 22. eleven authenticated cases were dis-

covered during an investigation of the

circumstances surrounding the Kiting of Hampton Smith, a white farmf of

Brooks County, Ga., and the wanding of his wife near Barney. Cs or

ay 16. and of the lynchings pich

followed.

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