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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1951-1999

Creator:  George Bright

Summary/Abstract:  George Bright was accused of committing the Temple Bombing. After two trials, he was acquitted of the crime. His papers include correspondence, journals, sheet music, sketches, identification cards, and newspapers.

Quantity/Physical Description:  1 linear foot

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 379, George Bright Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Oversize materials removed to oversized collection.

Processed by:  Jeremy Katz (February, 2017)

Arrangement:  The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each file.

Biographical/Historical Note: A native of New York, George Bright was an engineer and amateur mathematician and inventor. He invented a reflecting telescope that enabled people to look deep into their own inner eye and the Grip Rights, a patented hand exerciser. Soon after World War II, Bright moved to Atlanta and worked at the Fulton bag & Cotton Mills. He quickly began to circulate his strong opinions on race relations. In 1946, at the age of 22, Bright affiliated with the hate group the Columbians. Over the next few years, Bright became aware of Rabbi Jacob Rothschild’s presence in Atlanta as the sermons he delivered were often focused on integration and civil rights.

Soon after the bombing of the Temple on the morning of October 12, 1958, George Bright was questioned and taken into custody along with four other suspected co-conspirators. They were formally indicted by a grand jury and stood trial in December. Before the trail ended, Bright made a six-hour long statement to the jury claiming that he was being persecuted for his beliefs in segregation. He submitted an alibi of visiting a Mrs. Marilyn Craig the night of the bombing and that he harbored no hatred of Jews – having served alongside them in the war and dated a Jewish girl. The trail ended in a hung jury.

The prosecution prepared for a second trial in January. This time, Bright made only a fifteen-minute statement to the jury. The jury deliberated for a couple hours and then declared Bright innocent of the charges.

Scope and Content: Researchers studying the George Bright Papers will gain insight into the life of George Bright and the Temple Bombing trial. His papers contain correspondence, journals, sheet music, sketches, identification cards, and newspapers.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

American Jewish Committee

1951

 

2

Bright Gems

1988

 

3

Carbon Paper

Undated

 

4

Correspondence re: Temple Bombing trial

1959

 

5

George Wallace for President tag

Undated

 

6

Identification cards

1948, 1999, n.d.

 

7

Journal, “New Mathematical Discoveries made by George M. Bright, P.E.”

1991

 

8

Magazine, “Atlanta Top Doctors” (Bright mentioned on page 42)

1992

 

9

People’s Forum

1959

 

10

Right: A Journal of Forward Looking American Nationalism

1958

 

11

Sheet music

Undated

 

12

Sketches

Undated

 

13

The White Sentinel

1959

 

 

 

 

2

1

Records

Undated

 

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