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In Their Own Words

August 17, 1915

Report on Leo Frank’s Body

Former judge Newt Morris arrived at the site of Leo Frank’s lynching outside of Marietta to find a frenzied crowd threatening to do even more violence to Frank’s lifeless body. Morris’ plea managed to calm the crowd:

“Whoever did this thing [lynching of Frank] left nothing more for us to do. Little Mary Phagan is vindicated. Her foul murder is avenged. Now I ask you, I appeal to you, as citizens of Cobb County, in the good name of our county, not to do more. I appeal to you let the undertaker take it.”

Source: Atlanta Journal, Aug. 17, 1915.