In 1931, a 16 year old black youth from Delaware County named Alexander McClay Williams was executed in Pennsylvania making him the youngest person to be put to death in the electric chair.
Now, some 84 years after the boy’s death, local author Dr. Sam Lemon is working tirelessly to get Alexander exonerated as he believes an innocent person was executed that day. “He didn’t have the motive. He didn’t have the time. He didn’t have the ability,” Lemon said.
When he was sentenced to death, Williams shouted that he had been promised he wouldn’t be executed if he confessed. The case bears striking similarities to the case of George Stinney, a 14-year-old black boy who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury in South Carolina in 1944 for the murder of two young white girls.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lemon will be presenting his findings about the Alexander McClay Williams case on February 7, 2016 from 2-4 PM at Media Fellowship House.
This tragic event and Dr. Lemon’s work are all highlighted in his forthcoming book to be published in the Spring of 2016:
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Alexander’s defense attorney was: William Henry Ridley, Esq.