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The Lynching Project: Glynn County

Overview of Glynn County

Glynn County, Ga, one of the original 8 counties, was founded in 1777 named after John Glynn, an English lawyer and politician, in recognition for his support of the American independence. It is located in southeast Georgia and has a population of about 79,650 with 585 square miles.

“Where Is Glynn County, Georgia?” World Atlas - Maps, Geography, Travel, 30 June 2016, www.worldatlas.com/na/us/ga/c-glynn-county-georgia.html.

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Lynching of Henry Jackson and Wesley Lewis

Henry Jackson and Wesley Lewis were two black men that were arrested for the murder of a well-known merchant by the name of C. Jordan. It all started when a black man named Turner saw Jordan get shot. He ran back to a couple of men from the town, Wright and Brown, to get their help and capture the men who did this. The men made their way to Jordan's store and hid. When the two black men came back into the store Wright and Brown jumped out and covered them with bags.

Initially the men denied what they had done; however, Lewis eventually broke down and confessed to their crimes. He stated that the goal was to just rob the store, but Jordan put up a fight and they killed him. When the men were being transported, the police were stopped by a mob of 300 men that took Jackson and Lewis. While having ropes tied around their neck they were given time to pray. The buggy that they were in was pulled from under them and shots were fired into their bodies. On February 21, 1891 at 9 pm, Henry Jackson and Wesley Lewis were dead.

“Two Murders Caught .” The Atlanta Constitution , 21 Feb. 1891, p. 2.

“Riddled With Bullets .” The Atlanta Constitution , 22 Feb. 1891, p. 15.

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Lynching of Robert Evarts

Robert Evarts, also known as Bob Evarts, was a Jamaican native. In april of 1894 he was accused of raping a 10 year old girl, Tommie White. When he was brought in front of her, she identified him as being the rapist. Along with her identifying him, he also confessed to his crime. Once this occured, a mob of 100 men formed, overpowerd many guards and took Evarts to be hung and shot with a pistol multiple times. 

The Waycross Weekly Herald states that the jury that convicted Mr. Evarts was composed of whites and blacks. However, that is hard to believe knowing that Jim Crow laws were in effect during the late nitenth century which restricted blacks from surving on a jury. 

“Evarts Lynched .” Waycross Weekly Herald , 28 Feb. 1894.

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Memorial

Even though these individuals died in such gruesome ways, they will never be forgotten. Places like America's Black Holocaust Museum have memorials for lynching victims so that they will always be remembered. 

“America's Black Holocaust Museum.” Americas Black Holocaust Museum A Memorial to the Victims of Lynching Category, abhmuseum.org/category/lynching-victims-memorial/page/68/.

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