Activists Gather To Remember Monroe Lynching

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    By Associated Press
    MONROE, Ga. — A coalition of Black lawmakers and social justice groups  gathered Saturday afternoon to reenact the 1946 lynching of two Black couples at Moore’s Ford bridge in northeast Georgia.

    The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) organized the annual reenactment on the Moore’s Ford Bridge on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

    The group has also urged witnesses of the killings of Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey to come forward.

    State Rep. Tyrone Brooks of Atlanta has long championed the effort for justice in the case. He says his message to the killers is ”you can run but you can’t hide forever.”

    The four victims were pulled from a car, dragged to the Moore’s Ford Bridge and shot to death in July of 1946.

    In its 7th Annual Reenactment of the lynchings several White and Blacks gathered  at the lst African Baptist Church on Tyler Street,   and completed a reenactment timeline that took them first to the gravesites of  Roger Malcom and George Dorsey,  and from there to the farmhouse of Barney Hester on Hester Town Road, where an altercation occurred that led to the arrest of Roger Malcom , Sunday, July 14, 1946.  Malcom was arrested  and held at the Old County Jail for 11 days.  When Malcom left the jail  with his seven-month-pregnant wife and the Dorseys, a White farmer, Loy Harrison, led the two couples to an angry KKK lynch  mob that was waiting at the Moore’s Ford Bridge.  A reenactment ceremony was held and a call for justice for an arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

    There is a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the killers, and GABEO ask that persons with information contact the GBI at 404-244-2600, the FBI at 404-679-9000, or GABEO’s website at http://www.ga.gabeo.com.

    Prior to the reenactment, the Rev. Howard Creecy, newly elected president of SCLC, challenged the audience at the church to not forget what happened on the Moore’s Ford Bridge in 1946, and reminded us that the  Civil Rights Movement took matters to the street.  Rev. Creecy said, Blacks “must trade in the suites for the streets.”  He also promised that justice will be served in finding those responsible for the Moore’s Ford Bridge massacre.

    State Rep. Tyrone Brooks presided over the event that also attracted NAACP civil rights activists the Rev. Albert Love of Atlanta, former state Rep. Mable (Able) Thomas of Atlanta, John Evans, president of the DeKalb NAACP, and Robert Howard, civil rights activist of Walton County.  The Day of Remembrance was coordinated by Hattie Lawson, chair of the Athens Area Human Relations Council.

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