Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

[Letter] 1959 May 5, Richmond, Va. [to] Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C.

Title

[Letter] 1959 May 5, Richmond, Va. [to] Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C.

Description

In a letter sent to each member of Virginia's congressional delegation, the Richmond Branch of the NAACP urged Abbitt to support H.R. 3147, an anti-lynching bill. Two weeks earlier, on April 24, 1959, Mack Parker, an African American, was lynched in Pearl River County, Mississippi. The Richmond NAACP made its case for support of the bill by praising Harry F. Byrd’s sponsoring of anti-lynching legislation during his time as Governor of Virginia and arguing that supporting "current adequate legislation” would prevent “drastic measures being adopted by the Federal Government.” A vote in support of the bill would do more, they argued, to “reserve the states rights that white southerners revere so highly than all of the combined efforts to retard the national trend to preserve the constitutional rights of the individual."

Creator

Richmond Branch, NAACP

Date

1959-05-05

Contributor

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998, correspondent

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers.

Type

Text.

Spatial Coverage

Richmond, Virginia

Files

Citation

Richmond Branch, NAACP , “[Letter] 1959 May 5, Richmond, Va. [to] Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C. ,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed November 19, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/307.

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