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Charles Rosenberg

executed by the state of Mississippi in a high profile rape case in which he was convicted three times by all-white juries, drawing national and international attention and considerable doubt as to his guilt, was born in Pachuta, Clarke County, Mississippi, the son of Jasper and Bessie Chapell McGee. His father was a native of Pachuta, and married Miss Chapell in Autauga County, Alabama, where she was born and grew up. McGee had a younger brother, Jasper, Jr., born two years later.

At some point before 1930 the family moved down Highway 59 to Laurel in nearby Jones County in southeast Mississippi Jones and Jasper counties were hotbeds of armed resistance to Confederate authority during the later years of the Civil War where deserters actively cooperated with runaway slaves and seized control of the Jones County seat Ellisville Jones County had the state s smallest enslaved population only 12 ...