Girl's Tombstone Attracts Crowds 100 Years Later

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- There has been a steady stream of visitors to a tombstone in Marietta City Cemetery. Old-timers say it's the most visited grave site in the town just northwest of Atlanta.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that recent visitors included two young high school students working on a history assignment, a criminal defense attorney and his wife from South Carolina, and a university student from Kennesaw.

They all shared the same destination -- the tombstone of Mary Phagan.

The number of living souls making their way through the historic cemetery was even more than usual on Friday.

It was the 100th anniversary of "little Mary's" death.

Mary, at age 13, was brutally murdered at the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta on April 26, 1913.

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