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Grant Wiggins has been teaching on a plantation outside Bayonne Louisiana for several years when a slow-witted man named Jefferson is convicted of murder and sentenced to death Jefferson claims he is innocent of the crime He says he was on his way to a bar but changed his mind and decided to tag along with two men who were on their way to a liquor store When the men arrived to the store the two men began arguing with the storeowner about putting their food on credit and a shootout ensued The storeowner and the two men died and Jefferson remained at the scene of the crime He was caught drinking liquor and had a hand full of money from the cash register He was arrested and tried for murder Jeffersons lawyer argues in court that Jefferson is nothing but a poor fool hardly more than a hog and was too stupid to plot out the hold up The jury quickly brings back a guilty verdict Upon hearing the lawyers speech Jeffersons godmother Miss Emma resolves to help Jefferson die like a man not a hog She asks Grant to help her knowing that he will resist Grant left many years prior to attend college and he returned an educated man He does not like the injustices done to his fellow black men but he does not want to get involved in Jeffersons case However after considerable pressure from his aunt Tante Lou he agrees to try to help Jefferson Grant Miss Emma and Grants aunt go to visit Jefferson in his cell and they discover that he too heard the lawyers words and has taken them to heart Silent and moody Jefferson resists Grants feeble attempts to reach him The three visitors spend an uncomfortable hour in the cell and then leave During the next few visits Jefferson continues to get mad at Grants attempts to talk and help him When
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