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The youngest child executed in America

Two girls walked off into the woods and never came back. A 14-year-old black boy was executed for their murder three months later. This is the story of George Stinney Jr.

Given a trial that only lasted two and a half hours

On March 22, 1944, two little girls in Alcolu, South Carolina left home looking for flowers. When they turned up dead the next morning, people in the town quickly had a scapegoat in mind. Alcolu, like most towns in the South during the 1940s, was segregated and had deep racial tension. 14-year-old Stinney was arrested. Officers said he confessed to the murder of 7-year-old Mary Thames, and the rape and murder of 11-year-old Betty Binnicker. An all-white jury convicted him of 2 counts of first-degree murder.

Rushed into the system

“They deliberated for 10 minutes. And then on June 16, 1944, they executed them. This stuff is still happening. It didn't just happen in 1944, this didn't just happen with Emmett Till and, you know, and Medgar Evers then and all these others that this is still happening today. There is a pattern of systematic injustice that is going on has been going on in this country and has been hidden for a long, long time. So, the hope is in telling the story that we can we can we can kind of introduce the reality of it is we've been hiding as a country behind it for a long time,” Ray Brown, Jr -- filmmaker, 83 Days tells Brut.

Stinney is the youngest American to be executed by the state

Activists allege that he was railroaded by authorities. His conviction was overturned by a federal judge — in 2014. Since 1973, more than 165 people wrongfully sentenced to death have been exonerated. Over half have been black according to the DPIC. Brown says the recent killings of black teens like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice indicate that 75 years later the criminal justice system is still not addressing the concerns of minorities.

Brut.

01/06/2020 12:57 PM

1894 comments

  • Happa K.
    06/16/2021 22:14

    This is an ounce of the cruelties my people survived for over 500 yrs

  • Reginald R.
    06/15/2021 21:57

    .

  • Reginald R.
    06/15/2021 21:56

    Praying for there souls

  • Jacqueline C.
    05/06/2021 16:06

    That is the truth it is still happening today with people in high positions in high-profile people but I've never seen God not pay the people they're just do that has done his children and people wrong they know they wrong they sit there proudly and know they are wrong but God said Revenge is mine saith the Lord so they're going to get what's coming to them ask me how I know and I will tell you my God said so

  • Zoe M.
    04/23/2021 10:46

    😢

  • Priscilla B.
    03/02/2021 16:12

    What the name of this move

  • Beth D.
    02/26/2021 11:18

    Unbearably sad and cruel 😰😡

  • Jay J.
    02/09/2021 18:07

    His name is George Stinney! Remeber his Name Please.

  • DeLana K.
    02/08/2021 23:33

    It just breaks my heart every time I hear this story.... 😢

  • GordonandTeresa D.
    09/02/2020 09:23

    This is why black lives matter!!!!

  • Omaree E.
    08/25/2020 15:32

    What comes around goes around!! every dog has their day like my 👵 use to say!

  • Asanda S.
    08/16/2020 16:09

    Horrible Horrible Horrible!!! Does he have living relatives?? Were they compensated??

  • Derek L.
    08/05/2020 20:53

    I hate this whole situation. Wish I had a time machine... To save his Life.

  • Ken L.
    08/04/2020 13:15

    Terrible injustice but nothing changed

  • Bill H.
    08/04/2020 00:31

    1944. It was a tragedy. Please move forward it’s 2020. It will be 2050 and you race baiters will still be posting.

  • Abosede O.
    08/04/2020 00:03

    I'll

  • Freddie M.
    08/03/2020 20:22

    💖

  • Sarah K.
    08/03/2020 10:21

    krasssss

  • Tammy W.
    08/03/2020 02:13

    This is so sad

  • Jàngo B.
    08/02/2020 06:44

    Plus that lil boy was a sacrifice