Historical Marker Commemorating the Lynching of Leo Frank Rededicated in Marietta

Pictured left to right: Patricia Meagher, Georgia Historical Society; Jerry Klinger, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation; Shelley Rose, Anti-Defamation League; Rabbi Steven Lebow, Temple Kol Emeth

Atlanta, August 23, 2018 – The Georgia Historical Society was honored to join the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, and Temple Kol Emeth for a ceremony rededicating the Leo Frank Lynching historical marker at the intersection of Roswell Road and Highway 401 in Marietta today.

The marker, originally erected in 2008 by GHS, the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, and Temple Kol Emeth, commemorates the lynching of Leo Frank in 1915. It was removed by the Georgia Department of Transportation when road construction at the site made it unsafe for public viewing. Once construction was complete, GDOT created the current green space as a permanent home for the marker.

“At the Georgia Historical Society we believe that it is through sharing the stories of our past that we connect with one another and grow closer together as a community. This marker is, and will continue to be, an important part of telling the story of our state’s past,” said Patricia Meagher, Director of Communications for the Georgia Historical Society. “We hope that those who come to this site in the future and read the story of the events that took place in 1915, not only gain a greater understanding of what happened here, but also come away with an understanding of the role that historical markers play as an educational resource.”

Other speakers for the rededication included Rabbi Steven Lebow, Temple Kol Emeth; Jerry Klinger, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation; Allison Padilla-Goodman, ADL; Rabbi Daniel Dorsch, Congregation Etz Chaim; Dale Schwartz, ADL; Robert Wittenstein, ADL; and Dr. Ben Williams, Cobb County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The ceremony ended with the planting of a crepe myrtle in memory of Leo Frank.

For more information please contact Patricia Meagher at 404-382-5410, ext. 153 or on cell at 434-996-7085 or by email at pmeagher@georgiahistory.com.

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