Nearly 8 decades later, an apology for a lynching in Georgia

On Thursday evening, the fatal cruelties inflicted upon Mr. Austin Callaway — long obscured by time, fear, professional malfeasance and a reluctance to investigate the sins of the past — were acknowledged in this city of 31,000 people when LaGrange’s police chief, Louis M. Dekmar, who is white, issued a rare apology for a Southern lynching.

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