Lay This Body Down

Lay This Body Down
Lay This Body Down

Lay This Body Down

The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves
By Gregory A. Freeman


224 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781569766866

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jul 2002)
Lawrence Hill Books


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The sensational story of how slavery survived into this century, and the brutal murders that changed Southern history
The John S. Williams plantation in Georgia was operated largely with the labor of slaves—and this was in 1921, 56 years after the Civil War. Williams was not alone in using “peons,” but his reaction to a federal investigation was almost unbelievable: he decided to destroy the evidence. Enlisting the aid of his trusted black farm boss, Clyde Manning, he began methodically killing his slaves. As this true story unfolds, each detail seems more shocking, and surprises continue in the aftermath, with a sensational trial galvanizing the nation and marking a turning point in the treatment of black Americans.

Author Biography

Gregory A. Freeman is the author of Sailors to the End and has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He lives in Roswell, Georgia.