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Shop Oakland: The Leo Frank Case

August 17th marks the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank Case. On April 26, 1913, Mary Phagan a girl of 13 found murdered in the basement of the National Pencil Factory where she was a worker. The discovery of her body created a public outcry and several men were accused of the crime20150814_141436, including Leo Frank, superintendent of the National Pencil Factory and a member of a prominent Jewish family. The trial of Leo Frank gripped the city and the nation as all of the details of the crime unfolded and were splayed across newspapers.  On August 25, 1913, Leo Frank was convicted and sentenced to death. Frank and his lawyers appealed all the way to the Supreme Court but could not get the sentence lifted. His Lawyers then appealed to the then Governor John M. Slaton to get his sentence commuted. The Governor reviewed the case and commuted Franks death sentence to life in prison. This did not sit well with the public. On August 17, 1915 and armed mob forcefully took Frank from his cell in Milledgeville to Phagan’s home of Marietta where he was hung in front of a crowd. The book The Leo Frank Case by Leonard Dinnerstein is the first comprehensive account of Phagan’s murder, Frank’s trial and lynching as well as all the sensational newspaper coverage, the hysteria at the time and everything that surrounded the case that prompted the founding of the Anti-Defamation League and the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. The Leo Frank Case has won the Anisfield-Wolf Award and is available at Oakland’s Visitors Center and Museum Shop. It retails for $22.55
To commemorate the anniversary of this fascinating case Oakland is hosting two Special topic tours. On August 16th the Fear & Accusation: The Leo Frank Story will take place at 5:00pm followed by the Jewish grounds of Oakland tour at 6:30 p.m.
After the tour, be sure to visit the Visitors Center and Museum Shop for more information on the Leo Frank case and to purchase the book The Leo Frank Case by Leonard Dinnerstein.

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