Collection Dates: 1964 -- 1967
3 linear ft.
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Posted to Internet April 1999
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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.
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.
FBI reports. Sections
1a -- 11b, photocopies. (22 folders)
FBI reports. Sections 12a -- 23b, photocopies. (17 folders)