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By Representatives Crawford and McCutcheon
First Read: 28-MAR-18
URGING CONGRESS TO APPROVE THE CREATION OF A U.S.
POSTAGE STAMP IN HONOR OF JUDGE JAMES E. HORTON, JR.
WHEREAS, we hereby urge Congress to approve the
creation of a U.S. postage stamp in honor of Judge James E.
Horton, Jr., who displayed immense courage in overturning the
guilty verdict and death sentence of Mr. Haywood Patterson,
one of the "Scottsboro Boys," an unpopular decision on a
historical case saturated with racial hatred and injustice,
vocal Klansmen, and threats of lynching; and
WHEREAS, the Scottsboro Boys were nine black male
youths who had been falsely accused of rape by two white women
in Athens, Alabama; Judge Horton willingly committed political
suicide by ordering a retrial for Mr. Haywood Patterson
because of his powerful sense of justice; and
WHEREAS, Judge James E. Horton, Jr., was born in
Limestone County, Alabama, in 1878 as the son of a former
slave owner; after earning a law degree from the Cumberland
School of Law in 1899, he clerked for his Probate Judge father
before entering private practice; he served as a member of the
Alabama State Legislature, before taking a chancery court
opening and returning to Limestone County to serve as a judge;
WHEREAS, Judge James E. Horton, Jr., left his seat
to return to his private practice and farming; he was elected
to a six-year term to the Eighth Circuit Court in 1922 and was
presented with the most important retrial of his career, the
Scottsboro Boys case during his second term in 1933; and
WHEREAS a monumental figure in the United States
Civil Rights Movement such as Judge James E. Horton, Jr.,
should be posthumously honored with the creation of a U.S.
postage stamp; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF
THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That Congress is hereby urged to
approve the creation of a U.S. postage stamp in posthumous
honor of Judge James E. Horton, Jr.