Austin Callaway had been in the city’s jail in Sept. 1940 when a group of six men removed him in the middle of the night and shot him multiple times on a rural dirt road. The apology is part of a broader racial reconciliation effort in LaGrange the past couple years.
That process will continue this Saturday when the community will dedicate a historic marker memorializing Callaway’s lynching and three others in the area. The marker will include the chief’s apology.
On Sunday, community activists and religious leaders will hold a sunrise service in LaGrange that will include the reading of nearly 600 names of people lynched in Georgia from the period 1877 to 1950. Only Mississippi had more recorded lynchings.
Read how Callaway's lynching sparked community dialogue on myAJC.com and return this weekend for complete coverage.