feature: george stinney jr. cleared of murder, 70 years after execution

December 19, 2014

In 1944, at the age of 14, George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century – charged with the murder of  two young white girls in the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina. The young boy claimed he was innocent; and many years later, Civil rights advocates tried tirelessly to get his case reopened – arguing that police coerced a confession out of the frightened teenager. Now, seventy years later, Stinney Jr. has been cleared of all charges. Read more on the story HERE

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor