Seeking Justice: the Leo Frank Case Revisited
Next date: December 11
to 5 PM
211 North Record St. , Suite 100 , Dallas, TX
$6 - $8
Start date: Monday, September 9, 2013
Ongoing: Until Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Next date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will present a special gallery exhibit, Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited, which opens to the public September 9, 2013. Through a large number of artifacts, this exhibit will revisit the murder case and trial that captured this nation’s attention and ultimately led to the lynching of a Jewish man named Leo Frank in Marietta, Georgia in 1915.
In 1913, a jury convicted Leo Frank, a superintendent in a pencil factory in Atlanta, Georgia, of the murder of his 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan. Her body was found in the factory cellar. Despite sketchy evidence and coerced testimonies, Frank was convicted. All appeals were denied. However, on his last day in office, Governor John Slaton, believing in Frank’s innocence, commuted the sentence to life in prison. This outraged many. An organized mob of 25 men, pillars of Georgia’s legal community, kidnapped Frank from prison and hanged him.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is committed to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference. In revisiting the case of Leo Frank, we are confronted with questions of individual and moral responsibility, respect for individual difference, the fragility of the democratic process, responsible citizenship and the importance of community.
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