Historic Markers Across Georgia

Leo Frank Lynching

Marker ID: GHS 33-1
Location: Roswell Rd at Freys Gin Rd, Marietta, GA
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 33° 57.041    W 084° 31.008
  33.950683    -84.5168
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM450E
Leo Frank Lynching Marker  


Leo Frank Lynching

Near this location on August 17, 1915, Leo M. Frank, the Jewish superintendent of the National Pencil Company in Atlanta, was lynched for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory employee. A highly controversial trial fueled by societal tensions and anti-Semitism resulted in a guilty verdict in 1913. After Governor John M. Slaton commuted his sentence from death to life in prison, Frank was kidnapped from the state prison in Milledgeville and taken to Phagan´s hometown of Marietta where he was hanged before a local crowd. Without addressing guilt or innocence, and in recognition of the state´s failure to either protect Frank or bring his killers to justice, he was granted a posthumous pardon in 1986.

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