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MARY PHAGAN DAY OBSERVED IN GEORGIA

LITTLE MARY PHAGAN DAY RECOGNIZED IN GEORGIA

 

(ATLANTA – June 1, 2016) Three years ago, the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans authorized an annual day to remember “Little Mary Phagan,” one of Georgia’s daughters who was brutally murdered while on her way to attend a Confederate Memorial Day parade in 1913.  Her murder remains one of the most tragic stories in Georgia history; but the memory of this innocent girl — and the immediate response of thousands of Georgians demanding swift justice — continues to stand as one of the leading events which defined our state in the early twentieth century.

Here, now, is the Proclamation to remember this daughter of Georgia and of the South…

A Proclamation
Little Mary Phagan Day

Whereas:

Little Mary Phagan was born to Frances Elizabeth L. “Fannie” Phagan Benton Coleman and William Joshua Phagan in Florence, Alabama, on the 1st day of June, in the year of our Lord 1899; and

Whereas:

After the death of William Joshua Phagan, the family moved to Marietta, Georgia; and

Whereas:

Fannie Phagan married John W. Coleman in 1912, moving into the downtown Atlanta community of “Cabbagetown” where Little Mary Phagan began employment at the National Pencil Factory in the Spring of 1912; and

Whereas:

On April 26, 1913, Little Mary Phagan was on her way to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day by attending the parade of those aging Confederate veterans; and

Whereas:

Little Mary Phagan never made the parade, as she was beaten, raped, and brutally murdered, body thrown down an elevator shaft at the age of thirteen years old; and

Whereas:

The United Confederate Veterans and the Masons raised money to bury her at Marietta City Cemetery. She lies in the Southeast corner where Cemetery Street and West Atlanta Street intersect, adjacent to the Confederate Cemetery; and

Whereas:

Our Confederate heroes regarded her death as such importance to have buried her with Confederate veterans watching over her from her right, and Masons to her left; and

Whereas:

The Sons of those men in grey shall forget her not; now
Therefore:

I, Jack Bridwell, Commander,
Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans

do hereby

Proclaim June 1st, 2013, and each June 1st hereafter, as Little Mary Phagan Day.
For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans or any of this year’s planned events to commemorate our Southern Heritage, contact the Georgia SCV at 404-271-8473 or online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org
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