Monday, December 06, 2021

Remembrance Vigil For 1921 Lynching In Oconee County Draws Crowd; Crosses For Three Victims Planted And Honored

***Launched From Harris Shoals Park In Watkinsville***

Just more than 70 people turned out at Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville on Saturday to remember the nearby lynching deaths of three African-American men on that date 100 years earlier.

The group then walked across Experiment Station Road to the approximate site of the lynching and drove three wooden crosses into the ground.

The crosses bore the hand-lettered names of Aron Birdsong, 36, Wes Hale, 55, and George Lowe, 45, Oconee County farmers killed on Dec. 4, 1921.