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Black Man Lynched By White of At Least 200 Men Is Now Being Remembered 110 Years Later By Lawrenceville, GA


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Black Man Lynched By White of At Least 200 Men Is Now Being Remembered 110 Years Later By Lawrenceville, GA


“In the middle of the night, a white mob allegedly held Sheriff Gardner and his men at gunpoint and took Mr. Hale from jail. We know they brought him to this spot in downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia and hanged him from a telegram pole,” Lawrenceville pastor Elijah Collins said talking of Hale.

Hale’s body was hanged and his mutilated body became an attraction for white people who came to Lawrenceville square and took photos with Hale hanging in the background.

A sign was also attached to Hale’s body read “please don’t wake him,” and that phrase has bothered his niece, Inger Williams for awhile.

“The one thing that troubled me the most, is the sign that read, ‘please don’t wake him. As I pondered that and tried to figure out why after all that you did, then I realized I couldn’t figure it out because it was written by someone who lived in a place of hate and racism,” Williams said.

Williams spoke about her late uncle at a dedication ceremony for the historic marker. She talked about her aunt Willie who was only 20-years-old when her husband was killed. Williams says her aunt kept details of what took place quiet.

“My aunt Willie Williams Hale, she taught me to be a lady, she gave me many beautiful gifts, her home was my home and as a child she sheltered me from the details of [Hale’s] horrific death,” Williams said.

All  though Hale didn’t make it past 36 years old, Williams said his wife lived to be 70 and his family. “His family, his nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and friends went on to live as healthy, independent, educated, God-fearing citizens such as myself,” she said.



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