December 5th, 2006

the history I did not know(long under cut)

so it is interesting to see the history we dont know about in the places we have lived. I did not know of this incident when I was living in Marietta and I consider myself a bit of a history buff. How many of my friends still living in the area knew about this dark piece of history.

Leo Frank
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Leo Frank (April 17, 1884 – August 17, 1915) was an American Jew, whose lynching by a mob of prominent citizens in Marietta, Georgia in 1915 turned the spotlight on anti-Semitism in the United States and led to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League. [1]

Frank, the manager of a pencil factory in Atlanta, Georgia, was convicted on the basis of circumstantial evidence of raping and murdering an employee, twelve-year-old Mary Phagan. The case is widely regarded as a miscarriage of justice. [2] The trial was sensationalized by the media, which promoted fantastic stories about orgies and rape at the factory. The Georgia politician and publisher Tom Watson used the case to build support for the renewal of the Ku Klux Klan, which had been destroyed by the federal government in the early 1870's. [3]

Shortly after Frank's conviction, new evidence emerged that cast doubt on his guilt. The governor commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment, but Frank was kidnapped from prison by a mob of prominent citizens calling itself the Knights of Mary Phagan and hanged. The mob is reported to have included the son of a senator, a former governor, lawyers, and a prosecutor. [4] Crowds descended on the site of the lynching, removing pieces of the tree and the rope
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There are those who have on occassion treated knoxville as a cultural wasteland (you know who you are.) It is not and it has a thriving arts and music scene but I thought I would share this list. I tis a list of folks from knoxville or who spent a significant time here.

* 10 years , alternative rock band
* Robert H. Adams, United States Senator from Mississippi[1]
* James Agee, author of A Death in the Family
* The Aldridge Sisters, country musicians
* Victor Ashe, former mayor, US ambassador to Poland
* Ava Barber, country music artist, featured performer from The Lawrence Welk Show
* Dr. William M. Bass (Bill), founder of the University of Tennessee's Body Farm and author of Death's Acre
* Brian Bell, guitarist for the band Weezer
* Polly Bergen, actress
* Ben Bolt, guitarist, composer
* Kenny Chesney, country music artist
* Mary Costa, opera singer, voice of Disney's Sleeping Beauty
* John Cullum, Tony Award winning actor and singer
* Lowell Cunningham, Men in Black creator
* David Farragut, Civil War admiral
* Nikki Giovanni, poet
* James Haslam Jr., founder of Pilot Corp.
* William H. Hastie, U.S. Virgin Islands governor, first African American federal appellate court judge
* Todd Helton, baseball player
* Homer and Jethro, country musicians
* Dennis Hwang, graphic artist for Google
* Glen Jacobs, professional wrestler
* Jeff Jarrett, professional wrestler
* David Keith, actor
* Johnny Knoxville, actor
* Joseph Wood Krutch, writer, naturalist
* Brownie McGhee, blues musician
* Patricia Neal, actress
* Adolph_Ochs, newspaper publisher
* Randy Orton, professional wrestler
* Chad Pennington, American football player (quarterback for the New York Jets)
* Dr. Jerry Punch, ESPN Analyst
* Brad Renfro, actor
* Glenn Reynolds, legal academic and blogger
* Quentin Tarantino, film director
* Jake Thomas, actor
* Bob Thomas, actor, radio announcer, writer
* Chris Woodruff, former professional tennis player

Famous non-native residents include:

* George Franklin Barber, architect
* William Blount, statesman
* "Parson" William Gannaway Brownlow, governor, newspaper publisher
* Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden
* Jake Butcher, Banker; organized 1982 World's Fair, later plead guilty to fraud.
* Phillip Fulmer, Head Coach, Tennessee Vols Football Team
* Alex Haley, author of Roots
* Cormac McCarthy, author
* John Sevier, statesman
* Pat Summitt, Head Coach, Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball Team
* Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's