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The Lynching Project: Brantley County

Brantley County

Georgia voters passed a state constitutional amendment on November 2, 1920 to form Brantley County from pieces of Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties. The state historical marker on the grounds of the Brantley County courthousestate that Brantley County was named for Benjamin D. Brantley, a member of a prominent local family

The county seat is Nahunta.

Fort McIntosh was built in the early years of the American Revolutionary War to protect the extensive herds of cattle. It was placed under siege from Tories in 1777 and eventually surrendered.

Fort Mudge was built in the county at about the same time.


Robert Brown

Around July 7th, 1891, Robert Brown was horribly murdered for the alleged assault of two white women (Dicey Oberry and her daughter unnamed). Brown supposedly saw them at the train station and proceeded to make his assault on them there. This was a crime in which “brown forfeited his life.” The white woman, Dicey Oberry, is described as respectable, which makes the crime worse because it was committed on a “respectable” white woman. From here, Brown was taken into jail, and later on in the night there was a group of about 100 armed men who “overtook” the sheriff. They then took, Brown and lynched him, then they hung him on a tree. His lynching drew a crowd, and the general consensus was that Brown got what he deserved by allegedly raping the white women. His lynching was seen as entertainment and he served as an example to never mess with the “beloved” white women.


Atlanta Constitution 7/7/1891, p. 2 

Atlanta Constitution 7/8/1891, p. 2

Thomasville Daily Times-Enterprise 7/8/1891,p. 1 

Macon Telegraph 7/8/1891, p. 1