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Fourteen-Year-Old George Stinney Executed in South Carolina| EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

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Fourteen-Year-Old George Stinney Executed in South Carolina| EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

George Stinney, African American History, Black History, Criminal Justice Reform, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, KINDR'D Magazine, KINDR'D, Willoughby Avenue, Wriit,

By EJI Staff, EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

On June 16, 1944, George Stinney Jr., a ninety-pound, black, fourteen-year-old boy, was executed in the electric chair in Columbia, South Carolina. Three months earlier, on March 24, George and his sister were playing in their yard when two young white girls briefly approached and asked where they could find flowers. Hours later, the girls failed to return home and a search party was organized to find them. George joined the search party and casually mentioned to a bystander that he had seen the girls earlier. The following morning, their dead bodies were found in a shallow ditch.

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