Mary Anne Phagan


Mary Anne Phagan Famous memorial

Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA
Death 26 Apr 1913 (aged 13)
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.
Memorial ID 11655 View Source

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 her wages. 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 John M. Slaton commuted Frank's sentence 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. In 1982, Alonzo Mann, who was a 14-year-old office boy in Frank's factory in 1913, stated he had seen janitor Jim Conley carrying the girl's body and Conley threatened to kill him if he said anything so his family had urged him to keep quiet.

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  • Added: 10 Aug 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Anne Phagan (1 Jun 1899–26 Apr 1913), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11655, citing Marietta City Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .