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Oliver, C. Herbert Document on Human Rights in Alabama, The Willie Coleman Case

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09641.12 Author/Creator: Oliver, C. Herbert Place Written: Birmingham, Alabama Type: Typed document signed Date: 1963 Pagination: 3 p. ; 35.4 x 25.7 cm

One document regarding the case of Willie Coleman of Alabama. Text reviews the instance by which Coleman was arrested by policemen as a suspect in a robbery and after turning himself into the police was beaten. The author of the letter, Rev. C. Herbert Oliver recounts the tension during and after the trial by the policemen. Once the verdicty was delivered as "not guilty," one officer E. H. Goodwin insisted a witness, David Tate, lied about where Willie Coleman was during the night of the robbery.

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