J.B. Stoner (Jesse Benjamin Stoner) was born April 13th, 1924 and passed away April 23rd, 2005. He was an American segregationist, who was convicted in 1980 of the 1958 bombing of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He was also the founder of and long-time chairman of National States' Rights Party and was the publisher of a newsletter called The Thunderbolt. Stoner also attempted to run for Democratic political offices a few times but lost.
J.B. developed childhood polio at the age of two-years-old but was left with a limp, when walking. At the young age of 18-years-old, he rechartered a chapter of the Klu Klux Klan in Chattanooga. He then went on to get his law degree and represent James Earl Ray, who was convicted of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. After that Stoner tried to run for several political offices, including the Governor of Georgia but never won any of the elections.
When he was convicted of the church bombing in 1980, Stoner appealed, but when his appeals ran out he had to live as a fugitive. He was removed from the roster of lawyers who may appear before the Supreme Court in 1984. Stoner was released from prison in 1986, and ran for lieutenant governor in 1990.
J.B. Stoner died at the age of 81-years-old, having “folk” basically steal his worldly possessions while in prison. He died in a nursing home in Georgia and was buried in Forrest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can find out more info about J.B. by checking out the links below.
Stoner's published works