George Junius Stinney, Jr.



Back when racial discrimination was still a major problem in 1944, 14-year-old George Junius Stinney, Jr. became known as the youngest person in the United States executed for a crime. He was electrocuted for murdering an eleven year old and an eight year old girl who were picking flowers.

“According to the police, the youth confessed to wanting sex with Betty June and as he tried to kill her friend, Mary Emma, they fought. He allegedly killed both girls with a 15-inch railroad spike which was found near the crime scene” (Taylor, 2011). After beating them with the spike, he drug their bodies into a ditch there in South Carolina where they were later found. The whole case was a complete mess.

His confession was never recorded. The trial opened and closed in one day. There were no witnesses and no African-Americans were allowed inside the court room. “George Frierson, a school board member is seeking a pardon for George Stinney, Jr., although the lack of sufficient evidence and transcripts make the case difficult. Equally noteworthy, however, the prosecution’s argument was just as weak because it has no evidence to support the case” (Taylor, 2011).

This case was a major breaking point in history. This boy was the youngest person known to be executed for a crime; a crime that was never recorded and that opened and closed in one day. Racial discrimination at this time played a major role in how this boy’s future was determined and how his case was taken care of. Perhaps it would have been different if a young, white male would have been accused of these murders. Without any part of the case being recorded, there is almost no hope for it being reviewed or pardoned.


Taylor, E. (2011, October 05). Little known black history fact: George junius stinney, jr.. Retrieved from

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