Killing of William Kirby in Georgia in 1937


Case summary

William Kirby (1870 - 1937), a farmer, was killed by a mob in Montgomery County, Georgia. The mob shot and killed Kirby during a gunfire exchange while they were searching Kirby’s home for Buddy Sharpe, a Black man accused of assaulting a white woman.


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Perpetrator group type: police, posse, mob

Date of incident: 1937-09-03
Location: Cedar Grove, Laurens County, Georgia
Location type: victim's home
Allegation against victim: assaulting a white woman; resisting the mob's efforts to search his house

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