Killing of Charlie F. Smith in Georgia in 1945


Case summary

Charlie Smith, age 50, was killed in 1945 by prison guard Herman Saul at Georgia State Highway Camp 17 in Charlton County, Georgia. Smith was an inmate in the prison camp. Saul had provoked a fight with another inmate named Willie F. Chambers, and then drew his gun and shot into a group of eight prisoners, killing Smith. At the NAACP’s request, Governor Ellis Arnall promised an investigation into abusive prison conditions, which was turned over to the corrections inspector.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1945-06-26
Location: Folkston, Charlton County, Georgia
Location type: carceral location
Allegation against victim: fighting with another inmate

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