Conviction In Cuyahoga County: A True Story in Black and White

Riveting True Story of Greed and Bigotry

Joseph Weaver and his wife had come to Cleveland from rural Georgia with hope for a better life. By 1927, he had worked nearly four years at a steel plant six days a week, his evenings spent in night school and church choir rehearsal. In Joe’s spare time, he took orders for men’s suits as an itinerant salesman. On the Ides of March that year, however, his carefully structured plans suddenly collapsed. Within five months, Joe would face death in Ohio’s electric chair for a crime he did not commit.

How this man got into this predicament—and how he got out—make for fascinating reading. Even more remarkable, the extraordinary character and unflagging faith that got him through a shuddering ordeal. Loaded with American history North and South, Conviction in Cuyahoga County: A True Story in Black and White needs no embellishment. Flat-out truth is its strength.

In the dawn of our new century, Joseph’s story, journalistically presented by his daughter, is a sure-fire faith booster for such a time as this. As the man who emerged triumphantly said, “God showed him His hand.”

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