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Template:Otherpeople Mary Turner (died 1918) was an African-American victim of lynching in Valdosta, Georgia.

In May, 1918, 31-year old white plantation owner Hampton Smith, known to abuse and beat his workers, was shot and killed by one of his black workers on the plantation, 19-year old Sydney Johnson. After a few days on the plantation, Johnson had been beaten by Smith for not working while he was sick.[1]

A week-long mob-driven manhunt soon ensued, in which at least 13 people were killed; amongst those killed was another black man, Hayes Turner. Distraught, his eight-month pregnant wife Mary publicly opposed her husband's murder and threatened to have members of the mob arrested. This caused the mob to turn against her.[1] She was taken from her home by a mob of several hundred, had her ankles tied, was hung upside down from a tree, doused in gasoline and motor oil and set on fire.[2]

While still alive, a member of the mob split her abdomen open with a knife, and the unborn child fell to ground, where it was repeatedly stomped on and crushed. Finally, Turner's body was riddled with bullets.[3] After the incident, the Associated Press wrote that Mary Turner had made unwise remarks about the execution of her husband.[4]

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