Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Roswell Soil Collection

March 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Mack Brown

Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, December 23, 1936

On the night of November 13, 1936, Mack Brown, a black man who worked as a janitor in an Atlanta apartment building, disappeared from his apartment. Several weeks later, on December 23, 1936, a white woman discovered Mr. Brown’s dead body floating in the Chattahoochee River; he had been shot, and he was handcuffed and bound at the feet.

At a later coroner’s inquest, witnesses revealed that, just days before Mr. Brown’s disappearance, a white woman who lived in the apartment complex where Mr. Brown worked had reported that he had kissed her on the hand after she asked him what she owed him for fixing a shade in her apartment. The woman told her husband, who then told the police and the apartment building agent.

During this era, whites’ fears of interracial sex extended to any action by a black man that could be interpreted as seeking or desiring contact with a white woman. Accusations of “assault” that sparked violent reprisal and lynching were often based on merely looking at or accidentally bumping into a white woman, smiling, winking, getting too close, an innocent touch of the hand, or a simple disagreement.

One of Mr. Brown’s coworkers testified that a woman who was with Mr. Brown the night he disappeared reported that two white men had taken him from his home; she thought they were taking Mr. Brown to jail, but he was not seen alive again and his date of death is unclear. Indeed, in the days following his disappearance, people searching for Mr. Brown were led to believe that he had been arrested and sent to work on the chain gain. However, after his death was discovered, investigation revealed no records or other evidence that Mr. Brown had ever been taken to jail. The coroner’s jury concluded that Mr. Brown died as a result of two bullet wounds:, one through the tip of his heart and another through the lungs. The jury also concluded that the perpetrators were unknown. Mr. Brown’s killers were never identified.

Mack Brown was one of at least 35 African American victims of racial terror lynching killed in Fulton County between 1899 and 1936.

Proceedings

  • ROWELL SOIL COLLECTION CEREMONY
  • Remembrance Ceremony for Mr. Mack Henry Brown
    • Fulton County Remembrance Coalition
      Saturday, March 30, 2019
      10 AM
  • Arrival of guests, each guest is handed a flower and program
  • Guests wait silently next to creek
  • Large bucket is silently filled with dirt
  • Ceremony Introduction
    • by Allison Bantimba (FCRC Liaison)
  • Story of Mr. Mack Brown s death
    • Read by Karimah Dillard
  • Interdenominational Prayer
    • Performed by The Reverend Patricia Templeton (Saint Dunstan Episcopal Church)
  • Individuals step forward and put a spadeful of dirt into the FCI jar
  • Silent Departure

Location

National Park Service
Riverside Vickery Creek Unit

Driving Directions

Heading north on Roswell Road, cross the Chattahoochee River, take an immediate right onto Riverside Road, then an immediate left into a small parking lot. Sign there states NPS Riverside Vickery Creek Unit.

Additional parking is located on the other side of the street, just after the Water Treatment Plant, at the City of Roswell Riverside Park. Restrooms are located at the Riverside Park location.

Details

Date:
March 30
Time:
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Event Category:

Vickery Creek Trail

400 Riverside Road
Roswell, GA 30075
+ Google Map