The White Court (1910–21)

Criminal Justice

What surprising turn of events occurred in the 1980s with respect to the Frank case?

An elderly man named Alonzo Mann came forward in 1982, saying he worked at the pencil factory as a 13-year-old boy. Mann said he saw Conley drag Phagan’s body in the factory. Mann said he never said anything because Conley had threatened he would kill him if he said anything. Based partly on this new information, the Georgia Board of Pardons granted Frank a posthumous pardon in 1986, more than seventy years after the alleged crime and lynching.


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