Killing of George Smith in Tennessee in 1931


Case summary

George Smith, 18, a laborer, was killed by a mob in 1931 in Union City, Obion County, Tennessee. Smith, who was accused of attempting to assault a white girl, was taken from the county jail and hung from a tree on the courthouse lawn.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals: [ ]
Perpetrator group type: mob

Date of incident: 1931-04-18
Location: Union City, Obion County, Tennessee
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: attacking a white girl; attempting rape

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

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