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Near Hahira in Lowndes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Mary Turner and the Lynching Rampage of 1918

 
 
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1. Mary Turner and the Lynching Rampage of 1918 Marker
This is the marker prior to original installation on May 15th, 2020.
Inscription.  Near this site on May 19, 1918, twenty-one year old Mary Turner, eight months pregnant, was burned, mutilated, and shot to death by a local mob after publicly denouncing her husband’s lynching the previous day. In the days immediately following the murder of a white planter by a black employee on May 16, 1918, at least eleven local African Americans including the Turners died at the hands of a lynch mob, in one of the deadliest waves of vigilantism in Georgia’s history. No charges were ever brought against known or suspected participants in these crimes. From 1880–1930, as many as 350 people were killed in Georgia in these illegal acts of mob violence.
 
Erected 2010 by Georgia Historical Society, Lowndes/Valdosta Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Valdosta State University — Women and Gender Project, and The Mary Turner Project. (Marker Number 92-2.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is May 19, 1918.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 31° 
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0.018′ N, 83° 27.281′ W. Marker was near Hahira, Georgia, in Lowndes County. Marker was at the intersection of Wells Road and Georgia Route 122 on Wells Road. About 5 miles west of Hahira, Georgia. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Hahira GA 31632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Old Coffee Road (approx. 3.7 miles away); Mount Zion Camp Ground (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Old Morven School (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Old Coffee Road (approx. 5 miles away); a different marker also named Old Coffee Road (approx. 9.3 miles away); Adel Lime Sink (approx. 9.7 miles away); Cook County (approx. 9.8 miles away); Site: Franklinville (approx. 10.6 miles away).
 
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1. Mary Turner marker has been removed. (Submitted on October 11, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
2. Update: Replacement marker to be installed in new location. The original bullet-scarred and vandalized Mary Turner historical marker will become a display in the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. A new, replacement, historical marker will be established at the Webb Miller Community Church on Blakely Street in Hahira. The new marker will note the change in location. (Submitted on April 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. This page has been viewed 233 times since then and 32 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 14, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 27, 2021