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Hogansville in Troup County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Attempted Assassination of Isaiah H. Lofton

Georgia Civil Rights Trail

 
 
The Attempted Assassination of Isaiah H. Lofton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, November 14, 2021
1. The Attempted Assassination of Isaiah H. Lofton Marker
Inscription.  On September 15, 1897, Isaiah H. Lofton, Hogansville's black postmaster, was the victim of an attempted assassination after leaving the city's post office located here in the black business district, locally known as “Cross Town." The appointment of African Americans to local positions by Republicans in the U.S. government exacerbated political animosity between the federal government and the post-Reconstruction white South. To resist the appointment of Lofton, white citizens of Hogansville boycotted the post office, and tensions eventually led to his attempted assassination. Acts of violence against federally appointed African-American officials, such as this attempt and the murder of South Carolina postmaster Frazier Baker and his family, may have contributed to the creation of the National Afro-American Council in 1898, a precursor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
 
Erected 2019 by the Georgia Historical Society and the City of Hogansville. (Marker Number 141-1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
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Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 15, 1897.
 
Location. 33° 10.379′ N, 84° 55.082′ W. Marker is in Hogansville, Georgia, in Troup County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Georgia Route 54) and Boozer Street, on the left when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 W Main St, Hogansville GA 30230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Hogan Plantation (approx. 0.7 miles away); Allen-Lee Memorial Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); Gravesite of Lt. (jg) Thomas E. Zellars- Namesake of USS Zellars DD 777 (approx. 6.8 miles away); Mountville Methodist (approx. 9½ miles away); Mountville Community (approx. 9.7 miles away); Horace King Bridge Builder (approx. 10.9 miles away); Troup County Academy (approx. 11.1 miles away); East Depot High School (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The area around the marker has been turned into a small park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Georgia Historical Society to Dedicate Civil Rights Trail Marker. (Submitted on November 15, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Marker recognizes attempted murder of black postmaster in Hogansville
The Attempted Assassination of Isaiah H. Lofton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, November 14, 2021
2. The Attempted Assassination of Isaiah H. Lofton Marker
. (Submitted on November 15, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
A small park has been created around the marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, November 14, 2021
3. A small park has been created around the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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