Killing of John Dukes in Georgia in 1938
John Dukes, 60, a turpentine worker, was killed in 1938 by a mob in Crisp County, Georgia. Policeman Freeman O. Epps was arresting Dukes on charges of drunkenness when a gun fight ensued in which Epps was killed and Dukes rendered unconscious from bullet wounds. A mob of about 300 people formed to burn Dukes to avenge the death of Epps.
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