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COLLECTION Identifier: A/A377

Papers of Marilyn Alexander, 1950-1954

Overview

Collection includes a narrative of Marilyn Alexander's visit to Georgia to raise awareness for the Rosa Lee Ingram case as an unlawful conviction; a letter from Charles A. Pannell, chairman of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to Alexander regarding Ingram; a report on the Women's Committee for Equal Justice delegation visit to Georgia; and a February 1950 issue of Masses & Mainstream with an illustration by Charles White entitled "The Ingram Case."

Dates

  • 1950-1954

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marilyn Alexander as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Extent

1 folder
Collection includes a narrative of Marilyn Alexander's visit to Georgia to raise awareness for the Rosa Lee Ingram case as an unlawful conviction; a letter from Charles A. Pannell, chairman of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to Alexander regarding Ingram; a report on the Women's Committee for Equal Justice delegation visit to Georgia; and a February 1950 issue of Masses & Mainstreamwith an illustration by Charles White entitled "The Ingram Case".

BIOGRAPHY

Marilyn Alexander, an African American woman, was a civil rights activist and the coordinator for the state groups of the Women's Committee for Equal Justice (WCEJ). Originally formed in 1949 by the Civil Rights Congress as the "National Committee to Free the Ingram Family," the WCEJ organized a campaign around the Rosa Lee Ingram legal case. In 1948, Rosa Lee Ingram, an African American sharecropper, and two of her sons were sentenced to death for murder after a one-day trial in Ellaville, Georgia. In 1954, Alexander and an interracial delegation of 75 women went to Georgia to raise awareness for the Rosa Lee Ingram case as an unlawful conviction. The Georgia pardon and parole board released Ingram from prison on August 26, 1959.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2017-M118

The papers of Marilyn Alexander were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Langdon Manor Books in June 2017.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2017

By: Jehan Sinclair.

Updated and additional description added: April 2021

By: Amber L. Moore.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
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Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Sponsor
Processing of this collection was made possible by Patricia M. King/Schlesinger Library Director's Fund.
EAD ID
sch01980

Repository Details

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