Mar 29, 2018 - Sale 2471

Sale 2471 - Lot 281

Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
(MILITARY--WORLD WAR TWO.) Correspondence between the NAACP and the Judge Advocate General regarding the Fisher-Loury rape case. One Autograph Letter Signed to Brigadier General John Weir, and two carbon copies of Weir's responses, each 11 x 8 1/2 inches; paper clip stains, minor wear. New York and Washington, 1944

Additional Details

In June 1943, two African-American soldiers, Frank Fisher and Edward Loury, were charged with raping a woman on the French island of New Caledonia. They were convicted despite denying the charges, which received substantial news coverage back home. In this 30 March 1944 letter, Leslie Perry of the NAACP writes to Brigadier General John Weir in the Judge Advocate General's office, sending a legal brief (not included) in Fisher and Loury's support: "I believe you will find this very interesting reading." He also requests "detailed information with regard to the four enlisted men . . . who were sentenced to death by courts-martial." Attached are two related carbon copies of related letters sent by General Weir: one dated 5 April to Roy Wilkins of the NAACP, concerning "the rape cases involving four negro soldiers and one negro seaman"; and another dated 6 April to the office of the Undersecretary of War, asking them to respond regarding the "cases of Fisher and Loury."