Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #328
…we are proud of our enforcement of the laws of Florida, in fact, we have been assembling a case against a Negro doctor who we’ve been watching all summer…
There is a black sedan bearing Leon County tags pulling through the service entrance to the Leon County Jail at half past the hour. When 5:00 approaches, another car, this time with Florida official license plates, enters the fortified gate. The guards allow passage for both, without question.
It is by way of the front gate that Carolyn and Bob Ford enter the jail, carrying a note signed by Cousin Curt, Head Jailer of Leon County. Curt has already welcomed the Assistant States Attorney, who will join them on a tour of the facility.
“It a pleasure to meet to you Miss Hanes. You are one of Tallahassee’s true treasures.”
“You are too kind, Attorney Morrison. I have been keeping an eye on my hometown for some time. California is so different and a world away from the Old South. Laws seem to be so liberal in comparison, you know, like abortion.”
“Yes Miss Hanes, we are proud of our enforcement of the laws of Florida. In fact, we have been assembling a case against a Negro doctor who we’ve been watching all summer. He is at this jail right now.”
“Why, yes. How did you know about him?”
“I had a good friend who was a witness, way back in ‘31, when his mother-in-law was killed.”
Morrison raises his eyebrows.
“He is such a dear man, helping folks who don’t have much money. Y’all need more doctors like him, instead of taking him out of the community. I plan to do an article on his life.” She is layering on a thick blanket of underpin to aid her plan. “Say, is not your boss going to run for Governor?”
“Well yes, but wouldn’t that automatically make you States Attorney for the State of Florida?”
“When or if Wilbert Hopkins is elected Governor, then I would run the Attorney’s office.”
The seeds of ambition are scattered on the ground, for the seeing.
The look on his face is screaming, ‘You are getting red hot!’
“The door is locked,” she states.
“Here, I can open it…”