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Remembering John Bailey

Racial terror lynchings are violent acts and killings committed upon individuals who were denied due process. John Bailey was one such victim. While little is known about John Bailey’s life, his March 1900 lynching death in Marietta, Georgia was reported in newspapers throughout the world.

Cobb County Remembrance Coalition

Inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project, we believe we must truthfully confront our history of racial injustice before we can repair its painful legacy.

Our mission is to collaborate with members of the Cobb County community to memorialize victims of racial violence and foster meaningful dialogue about race and justice.

Three members of the coalition standing in a park in front of a monument remembering lynchings in America

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News and Events

Several people standing in front of candles lighting them

Candlelight Vigil

CCRC hosted a Candlelight Vigil in memory of John Bailey, a Black man living in Cobb County who was lynched on March 18, 1900, and subsequently died two days later. Joined by community members, history buffs, civic leaders, faith leaders, members of Cobb’s Black Panhellenic organizations, and renowned musical artists, CCRC gathered to commemorate Mr. Bailey’s life.

Five members of the coalition standing in front of the Leo Frank memorial marker

Leo Frank Road Trip

CCRC team members joined Rabbi Steven Lebow at the Leo Frank Historical Marker in Marietta, GA. Rabbi Lebow shared the terrifying story of Mr. Frank’s trial, incarceration and lynching. The team learned how community growth required moving the marker to a new location. This trip was a powerful lesson in maintaining a memorial over time and the challenges of this work.

Monument with pillars

Legacy Road Trip

CCRC traveled to the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) Legacy Sites in Montgomery, AL. In addition to the astonishing Legacy Museum, the trip included a stop at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, where 800 steel pillars hang – each representing a county in America where a lynching occurred. A pillar for Cobb County is there and on it the name of John Bailey is inscribed.