On Feb. 18, the Town of Carrboro, the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition and the Equal Justice Initiative will unveil a historical marker honoring Manly McCauley, a victim of an 1898 lynching.
McCauley was an 18-year-old Black man accused of having a relationship with Maggie Lloyd Brewer, a married white woman in the Chapel Hill area. After being chased by a mob, McCauley was lynched on Oct. 30, 1898 near the present-day intersection of Old Greensboro Road and Hatch Road.
The marker's unveiling will take place outside of Carrboro’s Town Hall and will feature speakers including Carrboro Mayor Barbara Foushee, former Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver and N.C. Rep. Renée Price (D-Caswell, Orange).
Price, who is also the co-chair of the OCCRC, said the marker is part of EJI’s Community Remembrance Project, which commissions groups across the country to research and memorialize victims of racial violence in their communities.
The OCCRC is comprised of over a dozen Orange County organizations, including the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Chapel Hill Public Library and the Orange County Arts Commission.
Foushee said the Town of Carrboro was asked to approve the location of the marker on Town Hall property, while the OCCRC and EJI were primarily involved in the planning and execution of the commemoration.
“This marker pays homage to his life, and his life did matter,” Foushee said. “When he got lynched, he was 18 years old. He hadn’t even really started to live.”
According to OCCRC records, McCauley’s family was from the Chapel Hill area. At the time that he was murdered, McCauley had been working as a farmhand on the Brewer farm for about a year. The four men arrested for his murder were acquitted of all charges.
“We continue to work to show — through our values and also through some actions that we’re taking — that we are not that Carrboro now,” Foushee said.