This story is true, names have been changed to protect the innocent, other names are real to allow you to examine the cruelty of a broken system or to allow the reader to examine the actions of real persons.
The Ballad of George Stinney Jr
You to petition those in authority, along with your prayers, in behalf of George Stinney, Jr, 14, who is sentenced to die in the electric chair of South Carolina June 16.
Only God can save. But those in authority can spare this boy’s life.
God’s will be done.
OLIN D JOHNSTON GOVERNOR SOUTH CAROLINA
Beseech you spare young George Stinney jr. Child execution is only for Hitler.
HOMEOWNERS FEDERATION MRS ND Davis – Secretary
GOVERNOR OLIN B JOHNSON
Demand that you stay execution of George Spinny until investigation can be made. Jim Crow must go from our court rooms or we will be no different from the fascists we are fighting. Act before it is too late
Irwin A Guttko PRES Uermwa L Local 448
GOVERNOR OLIN B JOHNSTON
The executive board of the civic club of Charleston is opposed to the execution of minors stop and request a stay of execution in the Stimey case and review of the entire matter
Eliza Huger Kammerer chairman of legislative committee civic club.
GOVERNOR JOHNSTON’S LETTER
“I have just talked with the officer who made the arrest in this case. It may be interesting for you to know that Stinney killed the smaller girl to rape the larger one. Then he killed the larger girl and raped her dead body. Twenty minutes later he returned and attempted to rape her again but her body was too cold. All of this he admitted himself.”