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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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