George Stinney Jr. was the youngest American to be executed

Published On July 27, 2015 | By scook | All the way black, Before Dr. King, Black News, The latest posts, Uncategorized, video

George Stinney Jr. was the youngest person to be executed in the United States of America.

He was tried and convicted of killing two pre-teen white girls, although there was no physical evidence to suggest that he committed the crime.

George, who was quite small in stature, was coerced into confessing to the crime—he was promised ice cream if he did.

On the day of his execution, it was reported that he had to use the bible he was carrying and also a few telephone books as a booster to be seated properly in the electric chair.  He was only 5’1 and weighed 90 pounds.

This brief clip gives more insight to this young boy whose conviction was eventually vacated 70 years after his execution.

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