301 N Jackson St
Media, PA 19063
Due to extremely high demand and to accommodate those who were unable to attend Dr. Sam Lemon’s first presentation, we are pleased to announce that he will be presenting his extensive research once again…this time at the Media Borough Community Center.
The criminal justice system has traditionally been harsh in its treatment of young and impoverished people of color. Long before cases like Trayvon Martin’s, there was the case of Alexander McClay Williams, a 16 year old black youth from Delaware County who, in 1931, was executed in Pennsylvania for murdering a white woman, making him the youngest person in the state to be put to death in the electric chair.
Now, some 84 years after his 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. Williams’ 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.
This tragic case and Dr. Lemon’s work are highlighted in his forthcoming book: The Case That Shocked the Country.
The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your seat: 610-565-0434. Light refreshments will be served.