John R. Shillady, secretary of the NAACP, sent this telegram demanding the rights of due process and equal protection guaranteed by the Constitution. He cites the hanging of John Hartfield, who was accused of assaulting a white woman. He was lynched on June 26, 1919 before a crowd of up to 10,000 people. The Governor claimed he was helpless to prevent the crime.
The NAACP Demands Protection 1919
National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate