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Georgia sheriff acknowledges law enforcement’s role in 1947 lynching

By Brad Schrade, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Henry “Peg” Gilbert was beaten and shot to death by the Harris County police chief in 1947 while in custody at the county jail.

His lynching — one of more than 600 reported in Georgia — occurred when Gilbert, a husband and father of four daughters, had been wrongly accused of helping another black man flee after he had shot and killed a white farmer.

No one was ever held accountable for Gilbert’s murder and his family was forced to sell their 111-acre farm and leave the state.


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