Whitfield County Jail and the Lynching of A.L. McCamy, 1936
Whitfield County Jail in the 1920s
Backstory and Context
On the early morning of September 6,1936 at 1:30 a.m. in Dalton, Georgia, 150 men stormed into the Whitfield County jail searching for A.L. McCamy. The mob forced the jailer on duty that night, John Pitt, at gun point to relieve his keys to the mob. The mob was searching for A.L. McCamy due to being accused of touching a white woman.
According to the New York Times September 7th issue in 1936, the alledged victim "screamed when the Negro touched her causing him to run out of the house." McCamy was found four hours later on the side of the street beneath the tree used during his lynching by Sheriff J.T. Bryan. He had previously completed a sentence for an attempt attack on a 10-year-oldgirl.