The Story of Thomas Mattox
Sunday, February 3, 2019
In 1942, at 16 years old, Thomas Mattox left his family behind in Elbert County, Georgia, for the sanctuary of Philadelphia. A lynch mob was at his heels. As a result of Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Clare Gerald Fenerty’s decision not to honor Georgia’s extradition warrant, courts across the country facing similar cases based their decisions on this historic precedent. Join Northeastern University Professor of Law Margaret Burnham and descendants of Thomas Mattox and Judge Fenerty, at the Philadelphia History Museum, for a discussion about this important case and Philadelphia’s leading role in the Second Underground Railroad.