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What happens when a 16-year-old gets sent to the electric chair.

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FORTUNE FERGUSON JR., ALIAS JEW FERGUSON, had an extremely close call, described as “hardly known to anyone except in hairbreadth fiction.” Convicted and sentenced to death in Florida’s Alachua County court in 1924 for the alleged rape (described as a “criminal attack”) of an 8-year-old White girl, the “negro”…




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Dale M. Brumfield

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