George Junius Stinney Jr. was an African-American teenager wrongfully convicted at age 14 of the murder of two white girls ages 7 and 11 in 1944 in his hometown of Alcolu, South Carolina.
Two young Caucasian girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames, were found dead in the company mill town of Alcolu, South Carolina, in March 1944,
In 1944, George Junius Stinney, Jr. lived in Alcolu, Clarendon County, South Carolina. The 14-year-old African-American lived with his father, George Stinney Sr. mother Aim, brothers John, 17, and Charles, 12,
and sisters Katherine, 10, and Aim, 7. George Sr. worked at the town's sawmill, and the family resided in company housing. Alcolu was a small, working-class mill town, where white
there was limited interaction between them. The bodies of Betty June Binnicker, age 11, and Mary Emma Thames, age 7, were found in a ditch on March 23, 1944, on the African-American side of Alcolu,
The family feared for their safety. His parents did not see George again before the trial. He had no support during his 81-day confinement and trial; he was detained at a jail in Columbia 50 miles from Alcolu,
In 2004, George Frierson, a local historian who grew up in Alcolu, started researching the case after reading a newspaper article about it. His work gained the attention of South Carolina lawyers Steve McKenzie