Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

September 20, 1946

Dear Tom:

I had a caller yesterday some members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and they told me about an incident which happened in South Carolina where a negro sergeant who had been discharged from the army just three hours was taken off a bus and not only seriously beaten, but his eyes deliberately put out, and that the mayor of this town had bragged about committing this outrage.

I have been very much alarmed at the increased racial feeling all over the country and I am wondering if it wouldn't be well to appoint a commission to analyze the situation and have a remedy to present to Congress - something similar to the Wickersham Commission on Prohibition.

I know you have been looking into the Tennessee and Georgia lynching, and have also been investigating the one in Louisiana, but I think it is going to take something more than handling each individual case after it happens - it is going to require the inauguration of some sort of policy to prevent such happenings.

I'll appreciate it very much having your views on the subject.

Sincerely yours