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Leo Frank

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The role of Atlanta’s African-American leaders in the civil rights movement is well-documented. But, the city’s Jewish community supported the struggle too. 

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This is the 150th anniversary year of Atlanta’s oldest synagogue, called The Temple. The milestone has become an opportunity to honor The Temple's civil rights legacy.

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Amid a surge of bomb threats and vandalism at Jewish institutions nationwide, members of Atlanta's Jewish community have felt a familiar wave of apprehension about what may come next.


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Because all of that, and worse, has happened before.


Leo Frank Case Remembered On Screen, In Fall Events

Aug 21, 2015



Monday marked the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Leo Frank in Marietta.

But remembrances of the notorious murder of a Jewish Atlanta pencil factory manager will continue through the fall.

Leo Frank Lynching Still Hard To Talk About 100 Years Later

Aug 18, 2015
The first day of the murder trial of Leo Frank on July 28, 1913 in Atlanta where spectators were racially segregated in the courtroom. Frank was convicted of the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan on Aug. 25, 1913.

The events leading up to the lynching of Leo Frank are still hard to talk about for some, even a century after the 31-year-old superintendent of the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta was killed by a lynch mob in Marietta on Aug. 17, 1915.

The death of Frank followed the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan at the pencil factory in 1913. Her body was found in the basement of the factory. 



Today marks 100 years since Leo Frank was lynched by a mob in Marietta. 

During a conversation, Georgia State University associate professor of history Clifford Kuhn revisits the sensational murder case and subsequent lynching.  

In 1913, Frank was the Jewish superintendent of the National Pencil Co. in Atlanta.  

Mary Phagan was a 13-year-old employee of the factory. When she was found murdered -- and presumably raped -- Frank was accused of the crime.