Austin Callaway

Location(s): LaGrange, Georgia

Decade: 1940s

On September 8, 1940, 16 year old Austin Callaway was captured from jail and killed by a white mob in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia. No legal action was taken. However, the NAACP used Callaway’s case to make significant progress in the debate on how to end lynching.

The collection includes: Ancestry documents; news articles; documents from Tuskegee Institute Conference on Lynching; Austin Callaway Remembrance January 26, 2017; NAACP files; and CRRJ student Jason M. McGraw’s essay, “Defining Lynching in Order to End It: the Lynching of Austin Callaway and How It shaped the Debate on How to End Lynching.”

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