100 Year Memorial to Leo Frank Who Murdered Mary Phagan
A century ago this month, a mob broke into a state prison in Milledgeville, Ga., and kidnapped Leo Frank. His legal case and lynching in Georgia brought attention to the topic of “anti-semitism” in the United States and prompted the founding of the ADL.
Frank, the Jewish superintendent of National Pencil Co. in Atlanta, Georgia, was convicted in 1913 of the murder and rape of an employee, 13-year-old Mary Phagan, following a controversial and highly sensationalized trial. Originally sentenced to death, Frank lost several appeals and a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in April 1915.
Georgia Gov. John M. Slaton believed Frank might be innocent, despite the Supreme Court’s decision, and subsequently commuted Frank’s sentence to life in prison.
But, that did little to quell the “anti-Semitic” sentiment prevalent in the state at the time. So, after kidnapping Frank, the mob took him to Marietta, Ga., where Frank was lynched in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, 1915, near where Interstate 75 today crosses State Route 120 in Marietta, Ga.
Leo Frank was returned to New York and buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, marks the 100th year of his death to be commemorated at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Queens, New York and Marietta, Georgia. Leo Frank grew up in Brooklyn, NY.
There will be nationwide memorials to the convicted killer of Mary Phagan. But there won’t be any mention of the gentile Mary Phagan.
“The Frank case was like a lightning strike,” said Steve Oney, author of “And the Dead Shall Rise,” a 2002 book about the case, as saying. “Everything in the South stood briefly in relief and then it was dark again.”
The Southern Museum is planning a series of special programs and a three-month-long exhibit interpreting the lynching of Leo Frank on the centennial of the controversial event.
Leo Frank was elected president of the Atlanta chapter of the B’nai B’rith (Brothers of the Cut), a Jewish fraternal organization, in 1912.
Notice: The commemoration is on Monday at 2 PM and several nationalists will be there to document the proceedings. This is an historical event and won’t happen again in our lifetimes. I have transportation for local activists. I could use some photographers with cameras. If you are interested in attending, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org