Killing of Austin Brown in Georgia in 1940


Case summary

Austin Brown, 16, a laborer, was killed in 1940 by six masked men in Troup County, Georgia. Calloway was accused of an attempted attack on a white woman and arrested. The masked men forced a guard at gunpoint to open the cell door, kidnapped Calloway and fatally shot him. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Date of incident: 1940-09-08
Location: LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: assaulting and attempting to rape a white woman

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