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Mary Anne Phagan

  • Birth 1 Jun 1899 Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 26 Apr 1913 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot SE corner where Cemetery St. and W. Atlanta St. intersect. Near the top of the rise, look for the black information marker on a pole.
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  • Memorial ID 11655

Murdered child factory worker. Mary Phagan worked in a pencil factory in Atlanta, Georgia in 1913. She was found murdered in the basement of the factory at around 3 a.m., on April 27th, the middle of the night after "Confederate Memorial Day." She was 12 years old. After many suspects were investigated, the blame seemed to point to the supervisor of the pencil factory, Leo Frank. Mary had gone to see him at the factory that day to pick up wages due her. Leo Frank's trial was sensational and controversial. He was convicted and sentenced to hang. Evidence and testimony later came out to refute the conviction. In his last day in office, the Georgia governor commuted the sentence of Frank to life in prison. Four weeks later, a mob entered the prison and seized Frank. He was lynched on August 17, 1915. No one was ever prosecuted for the lynching. Mary Phagan has been memorialized in song, a movie and a musical.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 11 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11655
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Anne Phagan (1 Jun 1899–26 Apr 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11655, citing Marietta City Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .