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Peg Gilbert Memorial Project

The Henry “Peg” Gilbert Story

Henry “Peg” Gilbert was a community advocate, a respected landowner, and a deacon at Union Springs Baptist Church, at Jones Crossroads, near the Harris and Troup county lines.

In 1947, he was arrested without legal cause when police were in search of another man. On May 23, several days after his arrest, he was beaten and shot to death in the Harris County jail. 

There was no conviction.  

There was no justice. 

We know we cannot change these events. But we can recognize the crime and honor the victim, his wife, and their family.

Join us for a commemoration service March 10 at 11:00 a.m., at Union Springs Methodist Church and dedicate a Civil Rights and Restorative Justice marker in Mr. Gilbert’s memory. 

To contribute to the grave marker fund, go to: 

For more info on the Gilbert Story go to:  

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* To discover how we are the same.
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* And thereby, to ensure progress for everyone!

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Earlier Event: March 5
Lenten Lunch Series