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Episode 2: Mary Turner – Brooks County, Georgia

In May of 1918, a white farmer was murdered in Brooks County, Georgia. Within a week of his death, 11 African Americans would be lynched, including Mary Turner, who called for the arrest of the men who lynched her husband

Mary Turner Historical Marker | Photo by Michael Rivera

More about Mary Turner and the Lynching Rampage of 1918
Learn more about the Mary Turner Project The organization is always looking for more people to get involved in their work for racial justice and reconciliation

The Mary Turner Project (MTP) is a diverse, grassroots volunteer collective of students, educators, and local community members who are committed to racial justice and racial healing. That commitment involves educating ourselves and others about the presence of racism, the multiple forms of racism, and the effects of racism, so that we may become involved in eliminating racism. Much of our work centers on research driven community engagement and action relative to past and current racial injustice. The group meets monthly, sponsors two to three major events annually, and currently is working on three initiatives. The first of those includes the creation of a free, searchable, web based database on U.S. slavery. The second initiative involves the creation of a free, searchable database on all known lynchings in the U.S. And our third initiative involves a collaborative campaign to engage state sponsored Confederate culture in Georgia. As part of our ongoing work, the MTP also organizes an annual Mary Turner Commemoration each May. That multiracial, multi generational event is attended by people from all over the country. It involves a shared meal, a short program, reflections from the descendants of the 1918 lynching victims, and a caravan out to the site of Mary Turner’s murder. There the group shares thoughts, poetry, song and prayers. The public is always invited to this historic event which takes place in Hahira, Georgia. Below are a few scenes from the 2010 gathering.

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