The Lynching Of Willie Earle

The Lynching Of Willie Earle (HMR3Y)

Location: Greenville, SC 29611 Greenville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 50.692', W 82° 27.837'

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The Willie Earle lynching was the last recorded in S.C. and the one of the last in the South. On the night of February 15, 1947, white cabdriver Thomas W. Brown was found mortally wounded beside his cab in Pickens County. Earle, a young black man, was thought to be Brown's last passenger. He was arrested near Liberty on February 16, accused of assault and robbery, and held in the Pickens County Jail.

Early on February 17, 1947, a white mob forced the Pickens Co. jailer to give Earle up. They drove Earle back to Greenville, lynched him, and left his body on Bramlett Rd. Brown died later that day. The May 12-21 trial of 31 men, rare at the time, drew national attention. Though 26 men admitted being part of the mob, an all-white jury acquitted all defendants. Outrage led to new federal civil rights policies.
HM NumberHMR3Y
Marker Number23-41
Year Placed2010
Placed ByWillie Earle Commemorative Trail Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 6:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 366155 N 3856816
Decimal Degrees34.84486667, -82.46395000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 50.692', W 82° 27.837'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 50' 41.52" N, 82° 27' 50.22" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-398 County Rd 105, Greenville SC 29611, US
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