The Dallas Holocaust Museum will present Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited, an exhibit that examines anti-Semitism in America. Through a large number of artifacts, it revisits the murder case and trial that ultimately captured the attention of the country and led to the lynching of a Jewish man in Marietta, GA 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 Opening Reception will feature guest speaker William Carrigan, PhD., author of Making of a Lynching Culture; and Brian M. Lidkji, of Lidji Dorey & Hooper, PC. The exhibit will run through December 31.