On July 11, 1964 while driving through Madison County, Georgia, Lemuel Penn, a black United States Army Reserve officer, was killed by a shotgun blast from a passing car. Penn had been on annual summer active duty at Fort Benning and was returning to his home in Washington, D.C.
The driver of the car from which the blast occurred signed a statement admitting his role and identifying two members of the Klan — Howard Sims and Cecil Myers — as being the ones who actually fired the shots that killed Penn. Sims and Myers were subsequently tried in state superior court, but an all-white jury found them innocent. Federal prosecutors subsequently charged Sims and Myers with violating Penn's civil rights. A federal district court jury found them guilty, and the two served about six years in federal prison.
PENN, LEMUEL A
- CAPT LT COL ACTIVE RES USA
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/19/1915
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/11/1964
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/14/1964
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 1377 LH
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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