The white woman beckoned 16-year-old delivery boy Jeremiah Reeves inside, and passionately began to undress him – until she saw neighbors watching through her window. “He’s raping me!” She screamed.
Police interrogated him for days until finally, they strapped him to the electric chair. His choice: confess, or fry!
Jeremiah was sentenced to death, but our community pushed back! Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP fought for appeal.
Rosa Parks corresponded with Jeremiah in prison, and he inspired 15-year-old Claudette Colvin to refuse giving up her seat on a bus. Months later, Colvin would inspire Parks to do the same.
The Supreme Court ordered a retrial, but Jeremiah was re-sentenced to death without the ability to appeal.
He was too young for the “minimum executable age,” so they imprisoned him until he was 22. He was then executed on March 28, 1958 – a “legal lynching.”