Grady alumni to speak at Georgia Historical Society event

Grady College alumni Stan Deaton (ABJ '86) and Steve Oney (ABJ ’79) will headline a discussion, “The Ghosts of Leo Frank: Reckoning With Georgia’s Most Infamous Murders 100 Years Later” on August 13 at 8 p.m. at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, Georgia.

The event is free and open to the public.

Oney is author of And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank, detailing the controversial case leading up to the lynching of Leo Frank in 1915. Frank was accused of killing a 13-year-old laborer, Mary Phagen, in the factory where Frank was a superintendent. The lynching had anti-Semitic overtones since Frank was Jewish. The lynching took place on the Marietta Square near where the talk will be held.

Deaton is The Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Historian at the Georgia Historical Society. The event is sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society.

In addition to his Grady College eduation, Deaton earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Florida and a Masters in history from UGA.  He is the Emmy-winning writer and host of “Today in Georgia History,” jointly produced for TV and radio by GHS and Georgia Public Broadcasting. Deaton is also managing editor for the Georgia Historical Quarterly.

In addition to his Grady College education, Oney was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He worked for many years as a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Magazine and has contributed articles to many national publications, including Esquire, Playboy, Premiere, GQ and the New York Times Magazine. Oney is a Grady Fellow and lives in Los Angeles.

Date: August 7, 2015
Author:  Sarah Freeman,