Telegram from Walter White to Governor Sholtz on imminent lynching of Claude Neal, 1934

Telegram from Walter White to Governor Sholtz on imminent lynching of Claude Neal, 1934

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JNB418 125 5 EXTRA=NEWYORK NY 26 522PM

HON DAVID SHOLTZ, GOVERNOR=
TALLAHASSEE FLO

ASSOCIATED PRESS JUST INFORMED US THAT JOHN P HARRELL SHERIF OF WASHINGTON COUNTY HAS ANNOUNCED THAT TONIGHT BETWEEN EIGHT AND NINE OCLOCK A MOD WILL TAKE CLAUDE NEALE CHARGED WITH MURDER TIE HIM TO STAKE NEAR GREENWOOD AND PERMIT FATHER OF DEAD GIRL TO LIGHT FIRE TO BURN NEALE TO DEATH STOP EVERY DECENT PERSON NORTH AND SOUTH LOOKS TO YOU TO TAKE EVERY POSSIBLE STEP TO AVOID THIS DISGRACE UPON THE STATE OF FLORIDA STOP DOTHAN ALABAMA EAGLE ALSO ANNOUNCES THAT NEGRO IS BEING HELD BY MOB FOUR MILES FROM SCENE WHERE HE IS TO BE BURNED AT STAKE STOP WE URGE UPON YOU TO TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO RESCUE NEGRO FROM MOB AND PLACE HIM IN SAFE CUSTODY=

WALTER WHITE SECRETARY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE SIXTY NINE FIFTH AVENUE.