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LTC Lemuel Penn

LTC Lemuel Penn

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 11 Jul 1964 (aged 48)
Madison County, Georgia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Lot 1377 LH, Grid L/M-19
Memorial ID 2117 · View Source
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Murder Victim, Civil Rights Figure. A native of Washington, D.C, he joined the United States Army Reserve from Howard University and served in World War II in New Guinea and the Philippines, earning a Bronze Star. After the war he served as an assistant Superintendent of education in the District of Columbia's public schools while remaining in the Army Reserves, rising to Lieutenant Colonel. He was murdered by four members of the Ku Klux Klan in July of 1964 near Athens, Madison County, Georgia, as he was driving from Fort Benning, Georgia to Washington, D.C. The Klan members who shot Penn were later convicted in Federal Court of violating his civil rights after first being acquitted of murder by an all-white jury in a Georgia States Superior Court. It was the first such conviction under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Bio by: Curtis Jackson


Inscription

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
LT COL
INFANTRY USAR
WORLD WAR II
BSM (Bronze Star Medal)


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2117
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC Lemuel Penn (19 Sep 1915–11 Jul 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2117, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .