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  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online publication date: September 2017

4 - Burning Sam Hose


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Christian Bible KJV, Matthew 5:16

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell… . But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Christian Bible KJV, James 3: 6, 8

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Christian Bible KJV, Peter 3:13


On the third Sunday after Easter in 1899 about forty miles southwest of Atlanta in Newnan, Georgia, a white crowd burned to death a fugitive black laborer known as Sam Hose. This atrocity blended anger, hatred, arrogance, festivity, brutality and satisfaction into a mood just beyond comprehension. “Glory!” shouted an excited man enraptured by the intensity of the moment, “Glory be to God!!”