Caption: Bridgette McGee holds a photo of her grandfather, Credit: Teri Havens
Image by: Teri Havens 
Bridgette McGee holds a photo of her grandfather 

Willie McGee and the Traveling Electric Chair: A Granddaughter's Search for the Truth

From: Radio Diaries
Length: 22:59

In 1951, Willie McGee was executed in Mississippi's traveling electric chair for raping a white woman. Six decades later, his granddaughter is on a quest to unearth everything she can about his life - and his death.

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Poignant and powerful

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Broadcast History

Aired May 7th, 2010 on NPR's All Things Considered. Also aired on BBC World Service.

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Additional Credits

Narrated by Bridgette McGee Robinson. Help from Deborah George, Ben Shapiro, and Anayansi Diaz-Cortes. Thanks also to Sue Johnson and Harold Robinson. Support comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Council for the Humanities, the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Macarthur Foundation, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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