Friday is the 97th anniversary of the lynching of Leo Frank after he was abducted from the state prison in Milledgeville and driven overnight. At sunrise on Aug. 17, 1915, a crowd in Marietta gathered around his body, hanging from a tree on the property of former sheriff William Frey.
A hard-to-spot historical marker stands on the spot along Roswell Road just west of the Interstate 75 overpass.
It’s the only known instance in American history of a Jew being lynched, and it was carried out with the involvement of some of Marietta’s leading citizens in revenge for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in 1913.
Frank was convicted of the murder. While no one knows for sure who killed Phagan, the evidence points toward the main witness against Frank, Jim Conley, rather than