Historical Marker Dedication: Gov. John M. Slaton (1866-1955)

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015
11:00 am

What: Gov. John M. Slaton (1866-1955) Historical Marker Dedication

When: June 17, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Where: Atlanta History Center (130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta Georgia 30305).

Please note, the dedication ceremony will be held at Veterans Park, however there is no public parking at the park. Parking is available at the Atlanta History Center and staff will be on hand to guide attendees to the dedication location.

Marker Text:

Gov. John M. Slaton

John Marshall Slaton was born in Meriwether County and graduated from the University of Georgia before practicing law in Atlanta. Slaton served in both houses of the Georgia legislature and two terms as governor (1911-12 and 1913-15). While in office, he modernized Georgia’s tax system and roads. Concerned by the sensationalized atmosphere and circumstantial evidence that led to the notorious 1913 conviction of Jewish businessman Leo Frank in the murder of teenager Mary Phagan, Slaton granted Frank clemency in June 1915. Slaton’s commutation of Frank’s death sentence drew national attention but hostile local backlash resulted in Frank’s lynching in August 1915 and the end of Slaton’s political career. Slaton lived on property adjacent to today’s Atlanta History Center and Slaton Drive (named in his honor). He is buried in Oakland Cemetery.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, and the Atlanta History Center