LaGrange in Troup County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lynching in America / Raising a Voice Against Racial Violence
Thousands of black people were the victims of lynching and racial violence in the United States between 1877 and 1950. The lynching of African Americans during this era was a form of racial terrorism intended to intimidate black people and enforce racial hierarchy and segregation. Lynching was most prevalent in the South. After the civil war, violent resistance to equal rights for African Americans and an ideology of white supremacy led to violent abuse of racial minorities and decades of political, social and economic exploitation. Lynching became the most public and notorious form of terror and subordination. White mobs were usually permitted to engage in racial terror and brutal violence with impunity as black people were pulled out of jails or turned over to mobs by law enforcement officials unwilling to protect them. Terror lynchings often included burning and mutilation sometimes in front of crowds numbering in the thousands. Many of the names of lynching victims were not recorded and will never be known, but over 580 documented lynchings took place in Georgia alone. Black men lynched in Troup County during this era include Willis Hodnett in 1884; Samuel Owensby in 1913; Austin Callaway in 1940; and Henry Gilbert, a Troup County resident killed in Harris County in 1947.
Lynchings of African Americans occurred with alarming frequency throughout the United States, including Troup County and surrounding areas. For decades, racial violence was a fact of life. African Americans were denied basic
Erected 2017 by the Equal Justice Initiative, Community Remembrance Project.
Location. 33° 2.108′ N, 85° 1.472′ W. Marker is in LaGrange, Georgia, in Troup County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Street and East Depot Street, on the right when traveling south on Union Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 416 East Depot Street, Lagrange GA 30241, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 East Depot High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Horace King Bridge Builder (approx. half a mile away); Troup County (approx. half a mile away); Lafayette (approx. half a mile away); Fuller Earle Callaway, Sr. (approx. half a mile away); The Nancy Harts (approx. half a mile away); George Michael Troup (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Dead (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LaGrange.
Also see . . .
1. EJI article about dedication of marker. (Submitted on May 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Austin Callaway lynching. (Submitted on May 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.