Historic Augusta photos: The riot of 1970

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Unrest erupted two days after a 16-year-old mentally ill black teen being held in jail died from a broken skull. His body had cigarette burns and lashes across his back. (File)
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Stores, delivery truck looted on Monday, May 11, 1970. (File)
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A building was set ablaze during Augusta's riot. Six people were killed during the civil unrest. (File)
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The front page of the May 12, 1970, edition of The Augusta Chronicle shows parts of the city in flames from the riots. (File)
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Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox sent 1,000 National Guardsmen and 150 state troopers to Augusta to restore order in May 1970. (File)
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Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox sent 1,000 National Guardsmen and 150 state troopers to Augusta to restore order in May 1970. (File)
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Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox sent 1,000 National Guardsmen and 150 state troopers to Augusta to restore order in May 1970. (File)
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Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox sent 1,000 National Guardsmen and 150 state troopers to Augusta to restore order in May 1970. (File)
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Buildings were set ablaze during Augusta's riot. (File)
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Buildings were set ablaze during Augusta's riot. (File)
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Buildings were set ablaze during Augusta's riot. (File)
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Buildings were set ablaze during Augusta's riot. (File)
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On May 11, 1970, six black men were killed and dozens of blacks and whites were injured in a riot sparked after 16-year-old Charles Oatman, a mentally ill black teen, died in the Richmond County jail from a broken skull. His body had cigarette burns and lashes across his back.

During the chaotic night, 130 city blocks were touched by fire and looting, with the final damage to property estimated at $1.5 million.

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