Since the chief’s apology, new information has come out about the lynching. A white family who found Callaway and tried to save him in 1940 came forward to tell their story, for the first time revealing where he was found.
Saturday's marker dedication included a church service where white religious leaders in Troup County apologized for the community's silence in the lynching and acknowledged a moral failing by the white community during the era of lynchings.
The historical marker — installed at Warren Temple United Methodist Church — acknowledges Callaway and three other victims who were lynched in the area. Callaway is believed to be buried in an unmarked grave at Southview Cemetery. The maker was sponsored by the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., which has installed lynching markers in eight other communities across the South.
The marker also addresses a legacy of lynchings and racial terror across Georgia. More than 600 people were lynched in the state between 1877 and 1950. About 90 percent of the victims were African American.