Assistant Attorney General to JB Winston

Creator

Identifier

LO31315c

Description

Acknowledging the receipt of Winston's letter regarding lynchings of African-Americans, the Assistant Attorney General advises him that the federal government does not have jurisdiction in the premises of these crimes.

Source

National Archives and Records Administration 230/06/41 file #158260 box #1276

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Format

pdf file

Language

English

Text

PGW-CMD


158260-36


Mr. JB Winston,
123 East 31st Street,
Chicago, Illinois.


Sir:

By reference from the President, the department is in receipt of your letter of March 13, 1915, in which you direct attention to various lynchings of colored people.

In reply you are advised that these crimes are punishable in the State courts, and so far as appears Federal authorities are without jurisdiction in the premises.

Respectfully,
For the Attorney General
[stamp] (Signed) Ernest Knaebek
Assistant Attorney General.


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Original Format

Letter

Files

Citation

Knaebek, Ernest, “Assistant Attorney General to JB Winston,” 1915 March 18, LO31315c, Race and Segregation Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.