Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Danielsville in Madison County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act

 
 
Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 16, 2010
1. Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act Marker
Inscription. On the night of July 11, 1964 three African-American World War II veterans returning home following training at Ft. Benning, Georgia were noticed in Athens by local members of the Ku Klux Klan. The officers were followed to the nearby Broad River Bridge where their pursuers fired into the vehicle, killing Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn. When a local jury failed to convict the suspects of murder, the federal government successfully prosecuted the men for violations under the new Civil Rights Act of 1964, passed just nine days before Pennís murder. The case was instrumental in the creation of a Justice Department task force whose work culminated in the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
 
Erected 2006 by Georgia Historical Society, Lemuel Penn Memorial Committee, and Colbert Grove Baptist Church. (Marker Number 97-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 9.38′ N, 83° 5.046′ W. Marker is near Danielsville, Georgia, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 172 and Roy Wood Road on State Route 172. Click for map. The marker is at the Elbert County Line, at the Broad River. Marker is in this post office area: Danielsville GA 30633, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 16, 2010
2. Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Bartram Trail (approx. 4.7 miles away); Crawford W. Long (approx. 8.1 miles away); Madison County (approx. 8.1 miles away); Crawford W Long M D (approx. 8.1 miles away); Stinchcomb Methodist Church (approx. 8.1 miles away); Crawford Long Birthsite (approx. 8.2 miles away); Watson Mill Bridge (approx. 9 miles away); Ty Cobb (approx. 9.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Danielsville.
 
Also see . . .  Lemuel Penn Murder from The New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on April 29, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
Additional keywords. Murder
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansCivil RightsGovernmentMilitary
 
Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 16, 2010
3. Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act Marker
Looking east on Georgia Highway 172 to the bridge over the Broad River, site of the murder
Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 16, 2010
4. Lt. Col. Lemuel Penn and the Civil Rights Act Marker
Looking west on Georgia Highway 172 toward Athens; Col. Penn and the other two Army Officers came from this direction.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,943 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement