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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Bob April 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM
You could always go on an anti-Semitic rant. The Christian evangelical right in Cobb County would probably love it.
Mark Cohen April 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
1. A state wide or nation wide fundraiser to collect funds for purchasing a small piece of land & have it turned into a small state park reserve in her honor? To ensure the property requires no maintenance, you could plant hearty evergreens every few feet, the pine needles from these trees would naturally prevent growth of any other plants that might appear unsightly. 2. Tougher laws for people who sexually abuse children. Ask the government of Georgia to pass a state law, the Mary Phagan Act or Mary Phagan law, going into effect April 26, 2013, anyone who rapes or sexually assaults a child under the age of 14, goes to jail for life with no parole. 3. How about a petition to have the posthumous pardon of Leo Frank revoked, reversed or overturned? Or a protest at the State capital in a high profile location to have the posthumous pardon revoked, reversed or overturned? The pardon was an appeasement for a small percentage of the population that thinks Leo Frank was innocent, but what about the vast majority who think he was guilty? 4. Replace the Tom Watson statue with a 4'11' Statue of Mary Phagan
Mark Cohen April 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
5. Have the historical marker sign of Mary Phagan changed so it's not mostly about Leo Frank, but Mary Phagan. If the pardon is mentioned, which it is now, it should also state he was not exonerated of the murder. 6. Contact every single church in the state by phone and email to have a candle light vigil for her at the cemetery, and a weekend of prayer. 7. Establish her birthday June 1st recognized by the State as Mary Phagan day a day to remember all children, boys and girls, of all races and creeds, who were murdered.
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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