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The Lynching Project: Barrow County

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Location of Barrow county on Georgia map

Barrow County Overview

Barrow county is located in North Central Georgia. There was only one recorded lynching between the years 1880-1940, so there isn't enough data to formulate patterns on reoccuring lynching methods and reasons. 

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Jim Reed Long's death certificate

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Newspaper clipping about Jim Reed Long's lynching

Jim Reed Long - September 2, 1922

 

Jim Reed Long was born on August 20th, 1900 and worked as a farm laborer. His life wasn't well recorded but there is a certificate for his death. His death certificate reports him to be buried in Old White Oak Cemetary, and the closest cemetary with that name appears to be in Paulding County roughly 90 miles away. On September 2, 1922, Jesse Reed Long was lynched for allegedly striking Miss Violet Wood, a 19 year old white woman, with an iron bar after she discovered him in her house. He was apparently trying to burglarize her. Initially, he was arrested, but he was later taken from the sherrif camp by a masked mob, riddled with bullets, and hanged. He was 22.

Sources:

http://lynching.csde.washington.edu/#/search/GA1922090201

https://www.ancestry.com/boards/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=790&p=localities.northam.usa.states.georgia.counties.barrow

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrow_County,_Georgia