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this day in the yesteryear: Leo Frank Lynched (1915)


Leo Frank Lynched (1915)

Frank was a Jewish-American factory manager accused of murdering his employee, 13-year-old Mary Phagan, in 1913. Frank was convicted, but when Governor John M. Slaton examined evidence that had not been presented at the trial, he commuted Frank’s death sentence. In the public outrage that followed, a group with ties to the Ku Klux Klan kidnapped and lynched Frank. The highly publicized ordeal turned the spotlight on anti-Semitism in the US. Frank’s trial led to the founding of what organization? More… Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: MISSISSIPPI BURNING: FBI LOCATES REMAINS OF SLAIN CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS (1964)


Mississippi Burning: FBI Locates Remains of Slain Civil Rights Workers (1964)

In the summer of 1964, young civil rights workers

English: Memorial to the victims of the Missis...

English: Memorial to the victims of the Mississippi civil rights workers murders – Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael H. Schwerner – Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner travelled to Mississippi to help African Americans register to vote. On June 21, they disappeared. A month and a half later, the FBI found their bodies buried on a nearby farm. The Neshoba County deputy sheriff and 17 others, all Ku Klux Klan members, were indicted for the crime. Seven were convicted in 1967. One suspect whose trial ended in a hung jury was retried in 2005 and convicted of what? More… Discuss