Scales, Junius Irving


"Junius Scales (1920-2002), a native of Greensboro, N.C., and graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, was the chair of the Communist Party of North Carolina and South Carolina from 1948 to 1956. He was the first individual imprisoned under the Smith Act for membership in the Communist Party and suspected plotting to overthrow the United States government. He served fourteen months before his sentence was commuted by President John F. Kennedy. A play was written in 1976 about his trial." --From Junius Irving Scales Papers Inventory, Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Southern Historical Collection

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