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1946 massacre at Moore’s Ford still an unsolved case
Evidence and testimony continue to grow but no closure
 
Published Sunday, July 13, 2014
by Special To The Tribune

ATLANTA – On July 25, 1946, two black couples and an unborn baby were shot more than 60 times and lynched near the Moore’s Ford Bridge (left) in Walton and Oconee counties between Monroe and Watkinsville, Georgia.

Roger and Dorothy Dorsey Malcom, who was seven months pregnant, along with George and May Murray Dorsey were massacred by a mob of white men who accosted them as they headed home. There were approximately 200 people in the lynch mob who watched this egregious act.    

On July 26, 2014, the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials will lead its 10th annual protest of this injustice with a reenactment of the human slaughter that occurred. Volunteers from the community will perform the reenactment. The commemoration activities begin at 10 a.m. at the First African Baptist Church in Monroe.

Tyrone Brooks, president of the GABEO and a member of the Georgia State House of Representatives, has been the catalyst that places the stoplight on the Moore’s Ford crimes each year.

“In spite of many obstacles, turnarounds and setbacks, we cannot stop this journey for justice, respect, and the enforcement of the law,” Brooks said. “Many of them (the killers) are still alive.” The killings of our people cannot be overlooked. We must take action.”

Because the Moore’s Ford case received national attention, President Harry Truman sent the FBI to the area to investigate. There were thirty-five suspects on a list of possible culprits, but the agents were met with a wall of silence.

Georgia Governor Barnes reopened the case in 2001. In 2013, the NAACP investigated and made phone calls to the U.S. Department of Justice. Still, the unsolved massacre continues to ring out for justice.

“Before Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the Moore’s Ford Bridge murders were on his agenda to tackle. Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Hosea Williams and Dan Young, who buried the victims, had many conversations about this. As we celebrate the 1964 Civil Rights Act and honor the memory of all of the civil rights giants who inspired us, let us concentrate our collective strength and efforts to correct this atrocity,” Brooks said.

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