Family reveals 76-year-old secret in Ga. lynching

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Family reveals 76-year-old secret in Ga. lynching

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(From left) Bobbie Hart, Wesley Edwards, Michael Bowen, Gene Bowen and Mike Merideth visit the Troup County site where Austin Callaway was found bleeding to death from gunshot wounds in 1940. Their organization, Troup Together, has been researching Callaway’s lynching and working to promote racial dialogue in the county. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

A Georgia family’s efforts to save a black man taken from a local jail in 1940 and shot by a group of white men in Troup County is coming to light decades after the lynching.

The family, fearing retribution from the Ku Klux Klan, stayed quiet about their attempt to save Callaway until Bowen broke the silence to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a Troup County group that has been researching the lynching.

Read about how the lynching has galvanized county and city residents on myAJC.com. Return to AJC.com and myAJC.com this weekend for coverage of the dedication of a historic marker memorializing the lynching and recognizing others in the area, and read the full story in Sunday’s AJC.

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