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Historical Society to discuss historical lynching, book
Public invited; tickets on sale
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In 1904, an angry mob in Bulloch County burned at the stake two men found guilty of murdering a farmer and his family.

The public is invited to attend the upcoming annual meeting of the Bulloch County Historical Society, where a round table discussion over a book about the lynching will be discussed.

The meeting is Monday, June 25, at 6 p.m. at the Pittman Park United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Tickets for $25 include a meal provide by Honey Too Catering.

Dr. Charlton Mosley, author of “The Hodges Family Murders and the Lynching of Cato and Reed,” and editor Jenny Foss will discuss the historical account with Bulloch County Historical Society President Joe McGlamery and Dr. Brent Tharpe.

“I believe you will learn a great deal of additional Bulloch County history by attending this year’s annual meeting,” McGlamery said in a recent letter to group members. Non-members are invited and encouraged to attend as well.

According to, Will Cato and Paul Reed were arrested for the murders of Henry Hodges, his wife and three children.  Cato and Reed were black; the victims were white.

The two suspects were kept in Savannah for two weeks due to public outrage, and when they were brought back for trial, a vicious mob attacked right after a judge ordered the men to hang for being found guilty. With the help of a local sheriff, the mob dragged the men to a spot just northwest of town and tied them to a tree, pouring 10 gallons of oil on each of them and setting them on fire, burning them alive, according to the historical account on the website.

Will Cato’s great granddaughter has been invited to attend the round table discussion, McGlamery said.

Copies of “The Hodges Family Murders and the Lynching of Cato and Reed” are expected to be available for purchase at the meeting.

Tickets for the Bulloch County Historical Society’1 2018 Annual Meeting are available at the Statesboro Herald at 1 Proctor Street.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912- 489-9414.


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