5x7.5 inches. Acrylic on wood panel.
Will be on display at the huge art show “G40” in Washington DC next month.
|—||~ Talented Mr. Phillips|
14 Year-Old George Stinney, Jr. is Youngest Man to be Executed
The world continues to mourn the abortion of justice we witnessed in real time yesterday, helpless to stop the state-sanctioned murder of Troy Davis.
As we mobilize and vow that this time it won’t be in vain, the following heart-wrenching story reminds us that Black men have been legally lynched in this country since it’s inception — the fight is not over.
George Stinney, Jr. was only 14 years-old when he was murdered by the state of South Carolina at the height of the Jim Crow era on June 16, 1944. He was accused of killing two white girls, ages 8 and 11, with a rail-road spike.
According to Attorney Steve McKenzie, who says that he is haunted by the case, George was allegedly offered ice-cream by detectives as they coerced a confession out of him:
The sheriff at the time said Stinney admitted to the killings, but there is only his word — no written record of the confession has been found. A lawyer with the case figures threats of mob violence and not being able to see his parents rattled the seventh-grader.”
According to records, over 1,000 people packed the courtroom. The trial lasted one day and no Black people were allowed to enter the building; there is no transcript of the proceedings.
As reported by the Associated Press:
“Guards walked a 14-year-old boy, Bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 95 pounds, the straps don’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg.
The switch was pulled and the death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die.”