Yesterday ,marked one of the most heinous crimes committed against humanity in the history of America.
In 20th century, George Stinney Jr, of African descent, was the youngest person to be executed in the United States of America.
The 14-year-old, young black was executed by an electric chair he never committed.
70 years later, his innocence was officially recognized by a judge in South Carolina.
From his trial to the execution room, the boy always had his Bible in his hands while claiming his innocence.
George was unfairly accused of murdering two White girls (Betty 11 and Mary 7), whose bodies had been found not far from the house where the boy and his parents lived.
At that time, all the members of the jury were white.
The trial lasted 2H30, and the jury made the decision of his sentence after 10 minutes.
The boy’s parents, threatened, were barred from taking part in the trial after being ordered to leave the city.
Prior to his trial, George spent 81 days in detention without the possibility of seeing his parents for the last time.
He was imprisoned alone in his cell, 80 kilometers from his hometown.
His hearing of the facts was done alone, without the presence of his parents or a lawyer.
George’s electrocution charge was 5,380 volts on his head. We let you imagine what such an electric shock can have on a young child’s head.
Stinny Jr, was executed in Columbia, US.
He was killed on June 16, 1944 after an all-white jury found him guilty of killing two white girls. But on December 17, the death sentence was vacated by another judge.
Read below according to Wikipedia;
“The execution of George Stinney was carried out by Old Sparky at Central Correctional Institution in Columbia on June 16, 1944. At 7:30 p.m.
Stinney walked to the execution chamber with a Bible under his arm, which he later used as a booster seat in the electric chair.
Standing 5 foot 1 inch (155 cm) tall and weighing just over 90 pounds (40 kg), his size (relative to adult prisoners) presented difficulties in securing him to the frame holding the electrodes.
Nor did the state’s adult-sized face-mask fit him; as he was hit with the first 2,400 V surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth.
After two more jolts of electricity, the boy was dead.
During the execution, the surges of electricity made Stinney’s body shake, and his left hand broke free from the buckle holding him down.” Stinney was declared dead within four minutes of the initial electrocution.”