October 23, 2018
CONTACT: Christa McCay
In 1931, Marietta was confronted with a downtown shooting in broad daylight that inflamed the populace. The murderer was a Greek immigrant, George Goumas, who killed perhaps the most popular man in Cobb County, Doyle Butler. Mobs formed immediately but the Sheriff whisked the shooter, who was also the most decorated Cobb County WWI hero, out of town and securely jailed him in Fulton County while the wheels of justice moved toward a court trial. Local politicians put their careers on the line to successfully resolve this case.
Retired Senior Judge of the Courts of Georgia, James (Jim) Morris, will be here to discuss and explore this story that features the KKK and the Greek “secret society” AHEPA and a rookie Superior Court judge. Issues of immigration, PTSD, minority oppression, advocacy, and much more about this forgotten drama will sound a lot like today’s news.
The Marietta Museum of History uses ordinary objects to tell the extraordinary stories of Marietta and Cobb County's rich history and culture. Galleries and exhibits cover topics such as military history, home life throughout the centuries, technology and local businesses from our past. Current exhibits include: Pinning from the Past: Scrapbooking before the Internet and Frightfully Festive, featuring dolls from the Jeanne Mauldin Collection.
For more information about this and other upcoming events please check out our website, www.MariettaHistory.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
When: Thursday, November 1st, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Marietta Museum of History, Tumlin Community Room, 1st Floor
Cost: $5 for not yet members, FREE for Museum Members