On June 16, 1944, a black 14-year-old boy was executed in the electric chair in South Carolina.
Three months earlier, George Stinney, Jr. and his sister were playing in their yard when they were approached by two young white girls who were looking for flowers. The girls never returned home.
George joined a search party and mentioned to a bystander that he had seen the girls earlier that day. He was immediately arrested. He faced trial virtually alone, as no African Americans were permitted in the courtroom. His attorney failed to call a single witness.
An all-white jury deliberated for only 10 minutes before convicting young George Stinney of rape and murder. He was sentenced to death by electrocution and is the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century.