Jan. 5, 1947: Two Black 15-Year-Olds Set for Electric Chair After Losing Plea

Jan. 5, 1947, Buck Rogers

Note: This is a post I wrote in 2006 for the 1947project.

Jan. 5, 1947, Will Durant

Jan. 5, 1947: “The majority of Americans belong to one minority group or another,” said Dr. Will Durant, author and lecturer, yesterday in outlining the scope of the Declaration of Independence, Inc., in promoting inter-racial appreciation and in describing the theme of the organization’s banquet next Friday at the


“That theme,” he added, “will be education, particularly the education of children. It is felt that little can be done to change the nature of adults while children can be taught that co-operation is the basis of civilization’s growth.”


Quote of the day: “Admiral Cornplaster is out in the air frozen. You see, he has suction cups on his hands and feet and he climbed on this space twister that was threatening the world and cut the space twister in two by using his disintegrator ray gun. He still was hanging on with his suction cups but he got swept away into the air.”

Dominie Kazutokoff, age 9, of Sherman Oaks after she and her sister Sandra, 6, were rewarded for being good girls with a trip to The Times’ library so they could read back copies of “Buck Rogers” in the Sunday comics. The Cornplaster episode appeared in “Buck Rogers” on June 23, 1946.

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3 Responses to Jan. 5, 1947: Two Black 15-Year-Olds Set for Electric Chair After Losing Plea

  1. James Scott says:

    I checked the internet. There were 6 executions in Mississippi in 1947. All were black males. The youngest was 16, the oldest 26. I don’t know what became of these two 15 year olds.


    • lmharnisch says:

      African Americans James Lewis, 15, and Charles Trudell, 16, were executed in Mississippi’s “portable electric chair” early on July 23, 1947, for killing Harry McKey, their white employer. Mississippi Gov. Fielding L. Wright told “outside do-gooders” who urged clemency for the teenagers that Mississippi was capable of handling its own affairs.


  2. Benito says:

    Shocking, but there are precedents. After the Paris Commune fell in 1871, authorities executed an estimated 25,000, including 12 year olds.


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