July 11: Trip to Lemuel Penn Historical Marker

Join members of the Racial Justice Team on July 11 in visiting the historic marker of Lemuel Penn to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his murder.

On the night of July 11,1964, three African-American World War II veterans returning home following training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, were noticed in Athens by local members of the Ku Klux Klan. The officers were followed to the nearby Broad River Bridge where their pursuers fired into the vehicle, killing Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn. When a local jury failed to convict the suspects of murder, the federal government successfully prosecuted the men for violations under the new Civil Rights Act of 1964, passed just nine days before Penn’s murder. The case was instrumental in the creation of a Justice Department task force whose work culminated in the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

We will leave from the UUFA parking lot at 9:30 a.m., to travel to the marker located at Georgia Highway 172 and the Broad River Bridge at the Madison/Elbert County border.

For more information, contact Racial Justice Team Chair Connie Bruce (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com).