Memorial unveiled to youth executed in S C

<p> <font size="2">Members of A New Day, the organization responsible for raising the more than $1,500 needed to place a memorial for the late George J. Stinney Jr. near Alcolu, stand next to the monument for the executed 14-year-old boy.</font> </p>

(WACH/AP) -- A memorial was unveiled Saturday to a 14-year-old black South Carolina youth executed 70 years ago.

Supporters and family of George Stinney will gather Saturday afternoon in the Clarendon County community of Alcolu to unveil the memorial. They say there was not enough evidence to convict the youth of killing two white girls in 1944.

A state judge heard arguments earlier this year on whether a new trial should be held. George Frierson, a school board member who has been pushing to clear Stinney's name, says the memorial will insure that Stinney and what happened to him is never forgotten.

Monday is the 70th anniversary of Stinney's electrocution. A ceremony is scheduled on the statehouse steps to remember the anniversary. Stinney is the youngest person put to death in the nation in the past century.