I gratefully acknowledge the following individuals for giving me the oral
history of my family: Mary Richards Phagan; Annabelle Phagan Cochran, Lily
Phagan Baswell; John Phagan Durham; and to J. C. Girthrie, childhood friend of
The author gratefully acknowledges Lisa Sorrels, who helped me research,
edit, and rewrite my manuscript and gave me emotional support. To Tom Watson
Brown, great-grandson of Tom Watson and Bill Kinney, Senior Editor of The
Marietta Daily Journal, I acknowledge their assistance in the preparation of the
trial and lynching material.
I also gratefully acknowledge these individuals for granting me interviews:
Franklin Garrett, Historian, Atlanta Historical Society; George Keeler, son of O. B.
Keeler, Mariettan who covered the trial for the Atlanta Georgian; Michael H. Wing,
Member of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles; Stuart Lewengrub, Southeast
Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League; Betty Cantor, Associate Director
of Southeast office of the Anti-Defamation League; Charles Wittenstein; Southern
Counsel of the Anti-Defamation League.
And lastly to Bernard and my friends for their love and encouragement.