Killing of Lent Shaw in Georgia in 1936


Case summary

Lent Shaw (1894 – 1936), a farmer, was killed by a mob in Madison County, Georgia. Shaw, who was accused of attacking two white girls–an accusation he denied–was taken from jail hours before his trial by a mob of 40 and was shot and lynched.. A mob had previously attempted to lynch Shaw but was stopped a by a judge. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Perpetrator group type: mob

Date of incident: 1936-04-27
Location: Colbert, Madison County, Georgia
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: attacking a white girl

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

Criminal process
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Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: [ ]
Trial: [ ]
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