Welcome to day 18 of Black History Month. Last night I started thinking about who else I wanted to dig up information on, and I came across a picture of a young black boy in jailhouse clothing.
George Stinney Jr. was the youngest person executed in the United States. Stinney was born on October 21, 1929 in Pinewood, South Carolina.
On March 23, 1944, Stinney was arrested for the murder of two young white girls. Sources say, the girls disappeared while riding on their bikes looking for flowers. They passed by the Stinney’s property, and asked George if they knew where maypops could be found.
The girls did not return, and a search was done. Their bodies were found the next morning and were filled with severe wounds to the head.
Let’s keep in mind, Stinney was a young 90lb boy who was then arrested later, and interrogated. The arresting officers claimed that Stinney confessed to murdering them. According to the “confession”, Stinney wanted to have sex with one of the girls. Both girls fought him off, and he picked up an iron weapon and murdered them.
Let us also keep in mind, that there was no written confession.
It took no more than 10 minutes for an all white jury to convict Stinney of murder. He was executed on June 16, 1944 at the South Carolina State Penitentiary.