A lesson before dying.

A lesson before dying.

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Storyboard Description

A story about a man accused of a crime he did not commit, but just because he is colored, he will be sentenced to the electric chair. Grant Wiggins, a grade school teacher, is assigned to the task of teaching Jefferson (the man with a death sentence) and making him smart enough to a normal man, and not a hog like the prosecutor called him.

Storyboard Text

  • Jefferson is given the death sentence after being wrongly accused of killing a white store owner.
  • A grade school teacher named Grant Wiggins is asked by someone who knows Jefferson to educate him in jail, before he dies so that he can, "die a man and not a hog."
  • That night he decides whether or not he should just skip town and find a non-racial place to live up north.
  • The whole situation angers Grant. He sees no point in helping him because he'll be dead soon anyway.
  • However, eventually he decides to do it after all, but as soon as Jefferson dies, he promised himself he'd leave town for good.
  • Grant soon visits Jefferson so that he can make him into a normal man before he dies.
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