Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Little Mary Phagan Day Proclamation in Georgia

Sons of Confederate Veterans
May 29, 2015      


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(ATLANTA - May 29, 2015)    Perhaps the most well-known and most horrific murder in the history of Georgia occurred on April 26, 1913 when little Mary Phagan was brutally raped and murdered while going to collect her wages of $1.20 before attending the parade for the aging Georgia veterans on Confederate Memorial Day.    

The following proclamation establishing "Little Mary Phagan Day" was announced in 2013 as an annual remembrance: 

A Proclamation

Little Mary Phagan Day


Little Mary Phagan was born to Frances Elizabeth L. "Fannie" Phagan Benton Coleman and William Joshua Phagan in Florence, Alabama, on the 1st day of June, in the year of our Lord 1899; and


After the death of William Joshua Phagan, the family moved to Marietta, Georgia; and


Fannie Phagan married John W. Coleman in 1912, moving into the downtown Atlanta community of "Cabbagetown" where Little Mary Phagan began employment at the National Pencil Factory in the Spring of 1912; and


On April 26, 1913, Little Mary Phagan was on her way to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day by attending the parade of those aging Confederate veterans; and


Little Mary Phagan never made the parade, as she was beaten, raped, and brutally murdered, body thrown down an elevator shaft at the age of thirteen years old; and


The United Confederate Veterans and the Masons raised money to bury her at Marietta City Cemetery. She lies in the Southeast corner where Cemetery Street and West Atlanta Street intersect, adjacent to the Confederate Cemetery; and


Our Confederate heroes regarded her death as such importance to have buried her with Confederate veterans watching over her from her right, and Masons to her left; and


The Sons of those men in grey shall forget her not; now


I, Jack Bridwell, Commander,
Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
do hereby
Proclaim June 1st, 2013, and each June 1st hereafter, as Little Mary Phagan Day.


For more information about the Sons of Confederate Veterans or any of this year's planned events to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the War, contact the Georgia SCV at 404-456-3393 or online at    



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