Apology for 1940 lynching in Georgia

This article reports a unique event in Lagrange, Georgia — Police Chief Lou Dekmar meeting with relatives and community members to apologize for a lynching that occurred 77 years ago with no apparent investigation or even acknowledgement by police at the time. The chief learned of the incident only recently and became aware that the story had been passed down through generations of local African American families. He said “It became clear that something needed to be done to recognize that some things we did in the past are a burden still carried by officers today.” This earlier article provides additional background on the chief’s decision.



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