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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 15 2017

On April 27, 1913, Mary Phagan was found dead in the basement of an Atlanta pencil factory where she'd recently worked. The factory superintendent, a transplanted New York Jew named Leo Frank, was falsely but conveniently charged with raping and murdering the 13-year-old, Georgia-born, Christian white girl. A highly publicized trial ensued, conducted in an atmosphere of bigotry and rage. On August 25, Frank was sentenced to hang. Two years later, in an act of moral courage amounting to political suicide, Georgia governor John Slaton commuted Frank's sentence to life in prison. A group calling itself the Knights of Mary Phagan (whose members reportedly included sheriffs, mayors, bankers, and a former state governor) responded by kidnapping Frank from his cell and lynching him before a large and festive crowd. Continue reading >>

Price: $35-$80

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