Ernest Knaebel 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 over these crimes.

Source

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

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Language

English

Requires

Requires proofreading.

Text

FGW-CMD


158260-36


Mr. J. B. Winston,
123 West 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

L031315A.pdf

Citation

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