Created by Smith Valley Middle School Fine Art Program, Smith, NV
Artists: 7th and 8th Grade Classes, Spring, 2015
Teacher: Mrs. Fillmore
Title: “George Stinney Jr.”
Theme: Homage to George Stinney, Jr.
Materials and techniques: 100% cotton, fabric glue, thread.
Did you enjoy this project? One young woman told me afterwards that it had opened her eyes to the different treatment of the races in our country.
About: Jennifer Marsh put out a call for work in honor of the court vacating the conviction of the youngest victim of capital punishment in U.S. history.
He had wanted to be an artist. George Stinney was 14 years old when he was electrocuted for the rape and murder of an 8 and 11 year old girl in Alcalou, South Carolina, in 1944.
Smith Valley, Nevada, 7th and 8th grade classes learned about the hasty trial (1-Day) and that Stinney received no defense or appeal from his lawyer in a conviction where the jury deliberated for just 10 minutes before they returned a guilty verdict.
His sentence was reversed on December 14, 2014, citing the lack of a defense or appeal in the case. The students were invited to take a perspective on the case, to honor the lives lost. George Stinney Jr.’s prisoner number was 260.
Read more about this story at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Stinney
If you would like to submit an artwork in tribute to George Stinney and/or the two girls for whom also lost their lives email email@example.com.