It happened the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1921. It began in downtown Athens when a mob forcibly attacked the Athens courthouse, and ended less than two hours later when the prisoner seized by that mob was burnt alive six miles away in an adjoining county. It was the most tragic event in the history of Clarke county. It was the last lynching in Athens.
Wilkes, Donald E. Jr., "The Last Lynching in Athens" (1997). Popular Media. Paper 38.