George Stinney Jr., at age 14,
became the youngest person executed in the United States) "Born 21 Oct, 1929, George Stinney Jr., at age 14, was the youngest person executed in United States in the 20th century. In 1944, George Stinney Jr., a ninety pound, Black, fourteen year old boy, was executed in the electric chair in Columbia, SC. Three months earlier, on Mar 24th, George and his sister were playing in their yard when two young white girls briefly approached them and asked where they could find flowers. Hours later, the girls failed to return home and a search party was organized to find them. George Stinney, a member of the search party, casually mentioned to a bystander that he had seen the girls earlier. The following morning, their dead bodies were found in a shallow ditch. George was immediately arrested for the murders and subjected to hours of interrogation without his parents or an attorney. The sheriff later claimed that he confessed to the murders, though no written or signed statement was presented. George's father was fired from his job and his family forced to flee out of fear for their lives. On Mar 26, a mob attempted to lynch George, but he had already been moved out to an out of town jail.
On Apr 24, George faced a sham trial virtually alone. No African Americans were allowed inside the courthouse and his court-appointed attorney, a tax lawyer with political aspirations, failed to call a single witness. The prosecution presented the sheriff's testimony regarding George's alleged confession as the only evidence of his guilt. An all white jury DELIBERATED FOR 10 MINS, before convicting George Stinney of rape and murder, and the judge promptly SENTENCED THE FOURTEEN YEAR OLD TO DEATH. Despite appears from Black advocacy groups, governor Olin Johnston REFUSED to intervene. George Stinney remains THE YOUNGEST PERSON EXECUTED in the United States in the 20th century." On Dec 17, 2014, his conviction was posthumously vacated 70 yrs after his execution, because the circuit court judge ruled that he had not been given a fair trial; he had no effective defense and his Sixth Amendment rights had been violated.