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The Colombians
August 18, 1946 The state of Georgia grants a charter to "The Colombians," a highly organized, all-white group of neo-Nazis (although the state did not know this at the time) that promoted hatred of Jews and blacks.
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October 28, 1946 Ralph Childers, a member of the Colombians, a white supremacy organization, blackjacked Clifford Hines for no reason other than he was a black man walking on a street the Colombians patrolled.
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October 31, 1946 The home of Minnie Sibley on Ashby Street was bombed by the Colombians. Sibley was black.
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November 4, 1946 Gov. Ellis Arnell, during an interview with Atlanta Constitution reporter Celestine Sibley, announces a four-point program to help rid the state of groups such as the Colombians
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December 10, 1946 Two members of the Colombians describe in detail the activities of the group to an anti-Nazi group
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February 15, 1947 Emory Burke and Homer Loomis are found guilty on various charges stemming from the activities of The Colombians, an Atlanta-based racist group
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This neo-Nazi group was established after a racial incident claimed the lives of four blacks in Walton County. Two men, Homer Loomis and Emory Burke established The Colombians in an attempt to control blacks (and Jews) in Atlanta. They patrolled streets, especially in the area of present-day Turner Field, trying to keep black families from purchasing homes in the middle-class white neighborhood. After a brief reign of terror, the Colombians were dismantled and their leaders were jailed.




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