FBI Investigation of the Lemuel A. Penn Murder Papers
The papers on the FBI investigation of the Lemuel A. Penn murder were released under the Freedom of Information Act. These three feet of photocopies, dating from 1964 -- 1967, were kept in their original order, as filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There are telegrams, interviews, notes on surveillances, and newspaper clippings all relating to the investigation.
- Penn, Lemuel A. (Person)
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3.00 linear feet
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.
Biographical / Historical
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.
Method of Acquisition
The University of Iowa Libraries purchased this collection in 1999.
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