John Marshall Slaton’s corruption was exposed by National Alliance; and even Slaton affirmed Frank’s guilty verdict and stated “anti-Semitism” was not the cause of his conviction.
PLANS WERE announced this week to honor the Georgia governor known for—100 years ago—commuting the death sentence of a man widely believed to be wrongly convicted of murder. That man, Leo Frank, was later lynched by a mob.
Gov. John Marshall Slaton (pictured), who was also a lawyer, will soon be recognized with a marker on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center, near his former residence. A dedication ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. June 17, at the center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., the Georgia Historical Society announced. The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation is erecting the marker along with the state and city history groups.
“With the dedication of this marker, we commemorate the life and legacy of Governor John Slaton,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “Governor Slaton was a public servant who, in his own words, ‘could endure misconstruction, abuse and condemnation’ but could not stand ‘the constant companionship of an accusing conscience.'”