Monday, May 21, 2012

September 23, 1955

September 23, 1995
Dear Journal, 

I'm so excited to tell you this good news! Roy and J.W. were found not guilty, just like I knew they would be! I'm so thankful that the jury knew these two men were innocent and only did what they had to do to protect me. I'm so proud to say that Roy is my husband, because he's the best husband I could ever ask for. This trial though, has been long and tiring. 

We had to drive an hour down to Sumner for the first day of the trail, which was about three hours long. Roy and J.W. were called to the stand right away to testify, that's when I was most nervous to find out what happened that night. Finding out what happened made me sick to my stomach, but the worst part was seeing that nigger's mother sobbing.. it killed me. It isn't my families fault that her son was a nigger with no respect, she should've taught him better. We decided to stay the night in Sumner because the next day was the trail. The next day was a blob, and I don't recall what happened. The day after though, the nigger's uncle Mose Wrights took the stand and testified against my family. I pity that nigger, he sounded so dumb on that stand talking. He was just a nigger, no one cared what he had to say. Finally, it was the day were we founded out if they were guilty or not. THEY WERE FOUND NOT GUILTY! We all basically knew they weren't guilty, but I still was nervous. Those men on the jury are my heros, they saved my family.I have to go now and unpack, goodbye for now.
Yours Always,
Carolyn Bryant

Aftermath

After my husband and J.W. were found not guilty, we received a lot of hate mail. We constantly received letters threatening our lives, but we ignored them. Our story eventually went out of business because many niggers stopped shopping there, so we had to close it down. We moved out of Money and spent the rest of our lives happily married.

September 18, 1955

September 18, 1955
Dear Journal, 


Tomorrow is the first day of the trial for the 'murder' of that negro, Emmett Till. I ain't gonna lie, i'm so nervous  for my husband. I hope the jury finds him innocent, because he is...all he did was teach the negroes a lesson about disrespecting a white women. If that negro never disrespected me like that, none of this would of happen. It's all the negro's fault for thinking he was equal like us, cause he ain't. We give niggers rights and then they just want more and more, it's never enough for them. 

Anyways, since the last time I wrote in here, some very important things have happened. The first thing that happened was that Roy and J.W were arrested on August 29 for the kidnapping of Emmett Till. Two days later, the body of the boy was pulled out of the Tallahatchie River. September 1, we received a letter in the mail ordering J.W and Roy for a trial on the murder of Emmett Till. The day after, pictures of that nigger were printed in the newspaper. They were horrible and made me sick to look at! My loving husband is not capable of doing that, he would never do that.. I hope. I still love my husband no matter what and whatever he did was for the good of the people.. I'm sure that I won't be writing until the trial is over, goodbye for now.


Your Always,
Carolyn Bryant



Monday, May 14, 2012

August 28, 1955

August 28, 1955
Dear Journal, 


It's about 3 o'clock in the morning and I'm scared to death. First let me start off by saying, i'm sorry I haven't written much the past couple of days, life has been out of control. Roy found out what the negro said to me from the kids. He went on a rampage and threatened to kill that boy, but before I could stop him he ran out of the house. An hour later he came home with J.W. and told me he was going "nigger hunting."


I tried to talk him out of it by saying that boy was just a 'stupid ole' nigger' but he wouldn't hear it. He told me to get in the car and I did not dare to disagree with him. I wasn't quite sure where we were going because I don't know who that negro boy is, let alone where he lives. We drove for a good 10 minutes before we came to a stop at this disgusting shabby home. Roy and J.W.  jumped out with their shotguns leaving me alone in the car. I heard yelling coming from the house and out came Roy with that negro. He then asked me if that was the negro who disrespected me and it was. He pushed the negro into the car and I started asking what was going on and Roy told me to "Shut the hell up." I didn't want to upset him anymore, so I listened to him. We drove home in silence, once I got out the car it sped away. I have no clue what is going to happen to the negro, but I hope he gets what he deserves. I guess i'm going to try and go to  bed now. I'll write more tomorrow.


Yours Always,
Carolyn Bryant 

August 24, 1955

August 24, 1955
Dear Journal,


This evening, a nigger came into my store to purchase some bubble gum. While leaving, he whistled at me and said "Bye, baby" ! Who does this nigger think he is to say this to a white woman, he must be crazy? These niggers now a days are getting more and more disrespectful, it's a shame. But my daddy taught me never to let anyone disrespect me, especially a nigger. So I left the store to grab my pistol, but when I came back he was gone.


Later on that evening, my sister-in-law Juanita stopped by the store with the kids. We talked about how both missed our husbands, but fortunately they're coming back from their trucking job tomorrow. I wasn't quite sure if I should let Juanita know about the incident with the nigger, but I knew I can trust her so I told her. She was outraged that a nigger would say this to me, but I made her promise not to tell Roy or J.W. We both knew our husbands are capable of killing. It's getting late though, I need to get some beauty sleep so i'll write more tomorrow.

Yours Always, 
Carolyn Bryant