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Penn, Lemuel A.



  • Existence: -1964


Lemuel A. Penn was an assistant superintendent of education in the District of Columbia's public schools. He was also a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves. Lt. Col. Penn was murdered on July 11, 1964, near Athens, Georgia, as he was driving from Fort Benning, Georgia, to Washington, D.C. The four Ku Klux Klan members who shot Penn were later convicted in federal court of violating his civil rights. It was the first such conviction under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

FBI Investigation of the Lemuel A. Penn Murder Papers

Identifier: MsC0507

Obtained from the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act in 1999, these papers document the FBI's investigation into the murder of Lemuel A. Penn. Ku Klux Klan members who murdered him were the first persons convicted under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Dates: 1964-1967