Mack Henry Brown Historical Marker Unveiling in Roswell, Georgia
On February 28th at 4 pm the Mack Henry Brown Historic Marker Committee (MHB-HMC) of the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition (FCRC), a community partner of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI, Montgomery, Alabama), will be unveiling the historical marker dedicated to Mack Henry Brown, a Black man lynched in Fulton County in 1936.
This marker, located at Roswell’s Riverside Park, is meant to open a public dialogue about our history of terrorizing Black people with White Supremacy terror and violence. Beginning with acceptance of our true history and to bring about an era of truth telling, healing and reconciliation.
The unveiling ceremony will feature a reading of the narrative, poetry and spoken word, a panel discussion, and more. The event, part of the Roswell Roots Festival, is virtual, free and open to all.
To register for this event please visit FCRC website.
Lynching of Mack Henry Brown
Mack Henry Brown, a Black handyman, lived and worked in Atlanta. On November 13, 1936, he was abducted from his apartment by a group of white men after it was alleged that he kissed the hand of a white woman after making some repairs in her apartment. His body was found on December 23, 1936, handcuffed and shot, at the confluence of Roswell’s Vickery Creek and the Chattahoochee River. No one was held accountable for his murder.
The Mack Henry Brown Historic Marker Committee (MHB-HMC)
MHB-HMC is interested in engaging the historical marker project as a continuation of our soil collection project. We participated in the thirty-five FCRC soil collections which have galvanized Fulton County and North Fulton around the County-wide project. This galvanization has recently become a wave of North Fulton activism as many more white people recognize that the most recent killings of Black people are in fact lynchings (one of which, Ahmaud Arbery, was lynched in our State, Brunswick, Georgia).
Our MHB-HMC includes educators, artists, students, activists, social workers, lawyers, and small business owners who have taken individualized routes to engage others in conversations about race, poverty, and unequal justice rooted in a persistent culture of White supremacy.
To learn more about EJI and Community Remembrance Projects please visit https://eji.org/projects/community-remembrance-project/
To learn more about FCRC visit Fulton County Remembrance Coalition FCRC