MsC 507

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1964 -- 1967
3 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet April 1999

Acquisition Note: The University of Iowa Libraries purchased this collection in 1999.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

Box 1

FBI reports. Sections 1a -- 11b, photocopies. (22 folders)

Box 2

FBI reports. Sections 12a -- 23b, photocopies. (17 folders)

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