Killing of Ernest Bell in Georgia in 1934


Case summary

Ernest Bell (1912 - 1934), a laborer, was lynched in Jefferson County, Georgia. Bell’s body was found in a well, where he had been thrown after he was beaten to death with an iron pipe. During the same period, in the town of Bartow, there were at least three other murders of Black men that were unreported in the county press. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Date of incident: 1934-01-01
Location: Bartow, Jefferson County, Georgia
Location type: private space - commercial
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Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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