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Letter, 1950 Mar. 4, Ku Klux Klan, Warning Benson

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Creator:Ku Klux Klan, (1915- )
Title:Letter, 1950 Mar. 4, Ku Klux Klan, Warning Benson
Date:1950 Mar. 4

Forged letter allegedly from the Ku Klux Klan to S. Isaiah Benson, principal of the Scott's Branch School in Clarendon County, South Carolina. The letter warns that Benson should not appear in judgment against anyone in South Carolina or elsewhere. It also warns that any African Americans who support Benson are also at risk of being killed. A handwritten note by Joseph A. DeLaine, Sr. explains that the forged letter was intended to influence jurors to hand down a $20,000 judgment against him, but that the conspirators were caught.

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Types:Letters (correspondence) | Text
Subjects:Benson, S. Isaiah | Ku Klux Klan, (1915- )--South Carolina | White supremacy movements--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African Americans--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African Americans--Civil rights--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Civil rights--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Civil rights movements--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African American school principals--South Carolina--Clarendon County | School principals--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Trials--South Carolina--Clarendon County | African American clergy--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Clergy--South Carolina--Clarendon County | Benson, S. Isaiah--Correspondence | United States, South Carolina, Clarendon County
Collection:Rev. Joseph A. DeLaine Papers ca. 1918-2000
Institution:University of South Carolina
Contributors:University of South Carolina. Libraries. Digital Collections | South Caroliniana Library
Original Material:

Legal size - 13439 - (Folder 5), Joseph Armstrong DeLaine papers, ca. 1918-2000, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbus, South Carolina.

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Digital image copyright 2008, The University of South Carolina. All rights reserved. For more information contact The South Caroliniana Library, USC, Columbia, SC 29208.

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Forms part of online collection: Rev. Joseph A. DeLaine papers, ca. 1918-2000.

Persistent Link to Item:http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/u?/jad,637