James Leeson, Jr.



Age: 79


Summary: Nashville journalist who wrote about race relations and made an audiotape in 1951 of the Mississippi execution of Willie McGee, a black man convicted of raping a white woman, in which former Vanderbilt student Alex Heard used the tape as a reference for a new book The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex & Secrets in the Jim Crow South years later.



Cause of Death: Suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound


Born: May 13, 1930


Died: May 3, 2010


Location: Franklin, Tennessee