Greensboro in Greene County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Sheriff L. L. Wyatt
During his 37 years as Sheriff, Wyatt became a legend in his own time. Few men become legends and even fewer achieve the status of a "living legend" as did Sheriff Wyatt. He was a religious man who believed that God blessed him with protection
The most famous gunfight of Sheriff Wyatt’s career occurred in 1974. He was 70 years old at the time. Bank robbers eluded a 100-car police chase that started in Wrens, Georgia, and ended in Greene County. The bank robbers had killed a teller at the bank in Wrens and had taken two women hostage. Sheriff Wyatt set up a road block midway between Union Point and Greensboro. Wyatt stood in the middle of the road as the speeding car approached. The robbers attempted to shoot him, but the gun misfired. One bank robber was killed in the ensuing battle, but both women were unharmed. Sheriff Wyatt subsequently received the award of the Peace Officer of the Year for his bravery in this incident.
Sheriff Wyatt was a family man, devoted to his wife, son, and grandchildren. He was a businessman, lending his experience to the operation and affairs of the Citizens Union Bank as a director. He was a community leader who
Sheriff Wyatt, also known as Mr. Sheriff, was the epitome of a community oriented police officer long before such an idea was born and served as an example for every officer to follow.
Erected by Greene County Sheriff's Office.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Law Enforcement • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 33° 34.602′ N, 83° 10.866′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, Georgia, in Greene County. Marker is on North East Street 0 miles south of East Greene Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 N East Street, Greensboro GA 30642, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Greene County "Gaol" (within shouting distance of this marker); William C. Dawson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Commissioner of Agriculture (about 400 feet away); Greene County (about 400 feet away); The Burning of Greensborough (about 800 feet away); Bishop George Foster Pierce (approx. 0.2 miles away); Unknown Confederate Dead (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Springfield Baptist Church (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Sheriff's Office, which now also houses the L.L. Wyatt Museum. The Museum contains photos, badges, a seized liquor still, century-old arrest warrants, an authentic old cell block, and firearms. The building was built in the 1890s.
Also see . . .
1. The High Sheriff of Greene: The True Story of Legendary Lawman L.L. Wyatt. 2016 book by Claire Underwood Hertzler on Amazon.com (Submitted on March 17, 2018.)
2. An Amusing Sheriff L L. Wyatt Story. The story is told by a resident of Greene County in this minute-and-a-half video.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,115 times since then and 41 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week March 18, 2018. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 9, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.