Memorial being unveiled to youth executed in SC


Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A memorial is being unveiled this weekend to a 14-year-old black South Carolina youth executed 70 years ago.

Supporters and family of George Stinney will gather Saturday afternoon in the Clarendon County community of Alcolu to unveil the memorial. They say there was not enough evidence to convict the youth of killing two white girls in 1944.

A state judge heard arguments earlier this year on whether a new trial should be held. George Frierson, a school board member who has been pushing to clear Stinney's name, says the memorial will insure that Stinney and what happened to him is never forgotten.

Monday is the 70th anniversary of Stinney's electrocution. He is the youngest person put to death in the nation in the past century.

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