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Jesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and Poster

Jesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and Poster

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Title: Jesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and Poster
Creator: Stoner, Jesse Benjamin (J.B.), 1924-2005
Inclusive Dates: 1970, 1974
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: RBRL122JBS
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: J.B. Stoner, a Georgia native, was a prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan, the segregationist National States' Rights Party, and founder of the Stoner Christian Anti-Jewish Party. In 1977, Stoner was indicted, and was later convicted and imprisoned, for the 1958 bombing of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He ran for numerous public offices including governor of Georgia in 1970. This collection contains Stoner's gubernatorial campaign poster and a flier for a 1974 meeting of the National States' Rights Party.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Jesse Benjamin "J.B." Stoner was born April 13, 1924 in Walker County, Georgia, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the age of eighteen he re-chartered a dormant chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Chattanooga. He went on to found the Stoner Christian Anti-Jewish Party and produced several anti-Semitic publications. Also, he served as national chairman in the white supremacist National States' Rights Party. In 1952, after moving to Atlanta, he earned a law degree from Atlanta Law School.

Stoner ran for governor of Georgia in 1970 and was defeated in the primary by future U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Two years later Stoner ran for the United States Senate. During his campaign the Federal Communications Commission ruled that, under the fairness doctrine, television stations had to play his advertisements despite the ads' use of racial epithets for Black people. Stoner only received 40,000 votes in the Democratic primary, losing to Sam Nunn. In 1974, Stoner ran to succeed Lester Maddox as lieutenant governor and received 73,000 votes, about 10% of the vote. He ran for governor again in 1978, but only received 5% of the vote.

In 1977, Stoner was indicted for the 1958 bombing of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He was convicted in 1980 and appealed the conviction for three years before finally becoming a fugitive from justice for several months. After serving three-and-a-half years of his sentence, Stoner was released from prison in 1986 for good behavior.

In 2005 Stoner died at his home in Lafayette, Georgia from complications due to pneumonia.

Scope and Content

One campaign poster (18 x 23"), with the words "Elect Stoner Governor," used during the 1970 Georgia governor's race and a flier announcing a 1974 meeting of the National States Rights Party.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jesse Benjamin (J.B.) Stoner Flier and Poster, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2008.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Georgia -- Race relations.
Racism -- Georgia.
Stoner, Jesse Benjamin (J.B.), 1924-2005

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS 11J. B. Stoner flier and Poster