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Today in Georgia History: 'Gone With the Wind' Author Dies

In 1915, Leo Frank was abducted from the state prison in Milledgeville and driven overnight to a site at Frey’s Gin in Marietta. Take a look at historic events from August 16.

August 16, 1915

A caravan of eight vehicles with 25 armed men from the Atlanta area arrived at the Georgia State Prison at Milledgeville around 10 p.m.

Cutting the telephone lines, they entered the barrack of Leo Frank, who had been convicted of the murder of. The intruders abducted Frank and headed for Marietta.

More on Leo Frank

: There is nothing simple about Marietta's most infamous story. Read the first in a three-part series on the case.

While anti-Semitism played a role in the lynching of Leo Frank, it does not appear to have been a factor in his trial. Read part two in a three-part story.

Between Frank's conviction in 1913 and his lynching in 1915, a national pro-Frank media campaign met with a backlash of antisemitism.

August 16, 1949

Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, died in Atlanta, five days after being hit by a speeding taxi while crossing the intersection of Peachtree and 13th, three blocks from her house.

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