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How Should We Remember Mary Phagan?

Today marks the 99th anniversary of the 13-year-old Marietta girl's murder.

Marietta teenager Mary Phagan was killed 99 years ago today at the National Pencil factory in Atlanta, starting a chain of events that culminated in the lynching of Leo Frank less than 2½ years later near Frey's Gin.

As we've explored on Marietta Patch, the deaths of the 13-year-old girl and the man convicted of her murder remain raw moments in the history of Marietta, Cobb County and some of the area's leading families.

Coming off this month's sesquicentennial celebration of the Great Locomotive Chase, how should the city observe next year's centennial of Phagan's slaying and the Aug. 17, 2015, centennial of the Frank lynching? Share your thoughts in the comment space below.

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Mark Cohen April 29, 2012 at 01:51 PM
There is a Leo Frank case forum managed by Professor Allen Koenigsberg of Brooklyn College that can be found on http://www.LeoFrankCase.com we should encourage more people to discuss the murder of Mary Phagan and the case of Leo Frank.
Fran June 06, 2012 at 05:07 PM
We should commend the police and prosecutors of the day for taking the difficult road and going after the real killer instead of an easy target. Also, commend the executioners for overriding a compromised governor.
Mark Cohen June 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
How about an anti-gentile rant, blaming anti-Semitism for Leo Frank's indictment and conviction. The Jewish Community would probably love it.
Kim February 11, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Like it or not, Leo Frank was also murdered.
Mark Cohen February 12, 2013 at 03:36 AM
When someone is convicted of strangling a child, sentenced to death for the crime by the presiding judge and jury, when the execution is fulfilled, it's not murder, it's justice.

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