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March 2019

Roswell Soil Collection

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Vickery Creek Trail, 400 Riverside Road
Roswell, GA 30075
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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.…

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April 2019

Cambellton Soil Collection

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Cambellton, 6875 Cochran Mill Rd
Palmetto, GA 30268
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Sterling Thompson Fulton County, Georgia, January 3, 1901 On January 3, 1901, Sterling Thompson, a prominent black politician, was shot to death by a white mob in his home, about ten miles west of Fairburn, Georgia, near the Chattahoochee River. Mr. Thompson had been ordered to leave the county ten days earlier but refused to abandon his home. During the era of racial terrorism, white mobs regularly used racial violence and lynching to terrorize black communities in order to maintain…

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East Point Soil Collection

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
East Point, 2813 Main St
East Point, GA 30344
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Warren Powell East Point, Fulton County, Georgia, September 4, 1889 On September 4, 1889, a masked mob of 15-20 white men seized a black boy named Warren Powell from the jail in East Point, Georgia, and lynched him. Warren, just 14 years old, had been arrested and jailed earlier that day for allegedly attacking a white girl named Ada Brooks while she was walking through the woods on her way home from school. Almost 25 percent of documented lynchings were…

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Lakewood Soil Collection

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lakewood, 1586 Pryor Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30315
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Floyd Charmichael Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, July 31, 1906 On July 31, 1906, Floyd Carmichael, a twenty-two-year-old African American man living in Atlanta, Georgia, was shot by a white mob. On the afternoon of July 31st, a young white girl with the surname Poole reported that she had been choked and had her clothing ripped. A white mob quickly formed, including the girl’s father, brothers, and male cousins, and went in search of a suspect. During this era, the deep…

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Palmetto Soil Collections

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Palmetto, 210 Spring Street
Palmetto, Georgia 30268
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Bud Cotton Henry Bingham Tip Hutson Edward Brown John Bigby Fulton County, Georgia, March 16, 1899 On March 16,1899, nine African American men were shot by a white mob and five of them were killed; John Bigby, Henry Bingham, Edward Brown, Bud Cotton, and Tip Hutson. A masked mob of white men opened fire on the men at a warehouse where they were being held after being accused of arson. In February and March of 1899, there had been a…

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Atlanta Massacre Soil Collections

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Project South, 9 Gammon Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
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Annie Sheppard Leola Maddox Frank Fambro Sam Magruder Will Marion Sam Robinson Will Moreland 11 Unknown Victims Frank Smith Milton Brown George Wilder Zeb Long Clem Rhodes William Welch James Fletcher The Atlanta Massacre of 1906 has been commonly referred to as the Atlanta Race Riots of 1906. The Fulton County Remembrance Coalition replaced Race Riot with Massacre to reflect the reality of terror that occurred. In downtown Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, September 22, 1906, at least 5000 white men…

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May 2019

Stories from the Soil Exhibit Opening

May 5 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
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The unveiling of the "Stories From The Soil" exhibit was a fantastic event with speakers (including Dr. David Anderson Hooker), a expressive performance by Interplay Atlanta's Soulprint Players in remembering the names of victims, their stories, and the narrative of injustice that continues today, and time for appreciating the work completed thus far in recognizing the human cost of racial terror and white supremacy in Fulton County. For more information about the permanent exhibit, please visit its page.

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Grady Soil Collection

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Grady, 36 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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Thomas Finch Fulton County, Georgia, September 12, 1936 In the early hours of September 12, 1936, Thomas Finch, a 27-year-old black hospital orderly, was lynched by a mob of white police officers in Atlanta, Georgia. According to reports, at approximately 3A.M., five white police officers arrested Mr. Finch at his home based on allegations that he had raped a white woman at Grady Hospital. He never made it to the jail. Instead, an hour later, Mr. Finch’s brutalized body was…

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