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Carl Braden and Attorney Len Holt Before Florida Committee
SCEF Photo by Beasley
Southern Conference Educational Fund, Inc.
822 Perdido St., Suite 404
New Orleans 12, La.
Feb. 15, 1961
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--- A hearing by the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee revealed how spies are planted in integration groups to report to state officials in the South.
Three such spies were exposes when the committee made a desperate but unsuccessful effort to show that the integration movement is controlled by so-called subversives.
Those exposed were Mrs. C. C. Collins and Ernest M. Salley, both of De Land, Fla., and Mrs. Mary Mueller of Mobile, Ala., formerly of Tallahassee, all white. They told of attending integrationist meetings and subscribing for integration literature at the instigation of R. J. Strickland, committee investigator.
Salley even went so far as to allow himself to be subpoenaed to the committee hearing so he could take part in consultations between Carl Braden and his attorney beforehand.
Braden, a field secretary and editor for the Southern Conference Educational Fund, New Orleans, had been subpoenaed by the committee while making a speech before the Volusia County NAACP in Daytona Beach.
When Salley appealed for help, Braden offered to introduce Salley to Len Holt, Norfolk, Va., nationally known civil rights attorney who was to represent Braden before the committee. The Rt. Rev. C. Ewbank Tucker, A.M.E. Zion bishop, was also Braden's attorney but was unable to be present.
Holt, Braden, and Salley met the night before the hearing and Salley employed Holt to represent him. The spy obtained a copy of a statement
State Archives of Florida: Collection N2015-1, Box 01, Folder 10
Press release detailing a hearing by the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee (Johns Committee). The press release discusses how the committee planted spies to uncover the nature of the work of the Southern Conference Educational Fund and the integration movement.
February 15, 1961