October 29, 2004

Raising the Dead: Paying Tribute To Lynching Victim Leo Frank '06

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Yesterday afternoon, members of the Cornell community paid public tribute to Leo Frank, whom most people know as a victim of a heinous lynching in Marietta, Ga. in 1915. Frank was part owner of the National Pencil Company in Atlanta when he was arrested for the murder of a 13-year-old factory worker, Mary Phagan, in 1913. With a lack of convincing physical evidence and under the haze of intense anti-Semitism, Frank was convicted of the murder and sentenced to hang. His sentence was eventually commuted to life imprisonment.