This Teenaged Girl Was Brutally Murdered In The Factory Where She Toiled For Just 10 Cents An Hour

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Image: YouTube/Brett Froman
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Mary Phagan, for example, was just ten years old when she left school to work in a textile factory. Born in the town of Marietta, Georgia, she arrived in Atlanta with her mother at the age of 12 and found a new job in the National Pencil Company. Operating a device that put erasers into pencils, she worked 55 hours per week for 10 cents an hour.

Image: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Image: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Phagan visited the factory at about midday on April 26, 1913, to collect her paycheck of $1.20. It was Confederate Memorial Day and she was planning to go to a party at her neighbor’s house in East Point. She never made it to the gathering, however. And what happened next sent the state of Georgia into turmoil.

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During his shift as the factory’s night guard, at around 3:00 a.m. on April 27 Newt Lee stumbled across Phagan’s dead body. He found it close to an incinerator in the basement. It was bruised, scratched and covered in filth. A wrapping cord was buried one quarter of an inch deep in Phagan’s neck. Her underwear was torn and bloody.

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