Lemuel Penn Murder
@ New Georgia Encyclopedia
Hatfield, Edward A
DescriptionEncyclopedia article about 1964 murder of Lemuel Penn in Madison County, Georgia. Penn, a World War II veteran and officer in the United States Army Reserves was driving from Fort Benning, Georgia, to his home in Washington D.C. with two other men when Penn was shot and killed. Madison County Ku Klux Klan members Cecil Myers and Joseph Howard Sims were tried and acquitted in Madison County. The two men and four other local Klansmen, herbert Guest, James S. Lackey, Denver Phillips, and George Hampton Turner, were later tried for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which made it illegal to conspire to abridge or threaten another person's civil rights. In June 1966, Sims and Myers were convicted of conspiracy charges and sentenced to ten years apiece in the federal penitentiary.The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.
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