Over 65 years ago, two black couples, George and Mae Dorsey & Roger and Dorothy Malcolm, were ambushed, shot, and killed right near Moore's Ford bridge in Walton County right at the Oconee Co. line. It is believed to have been the last mass lynching in American history. To this day the case remains unsolved and no one has been charged with this horrendous crime. A couple of years ago, the FBI and GBI reopened the case with what they considered to be new evidence; however, that was over three years ago and nothing has happened. With each passing day, it seems more and more unlikely that this mystery will be solved and that Justice will be served.
I have been researching this story off and on for sometime now and it's just a terrible tale...it really is. Several folks have done work and research on this and have made some headway, but to date, no one has been able to solve this awful travesty of Justice. I do not presume to think that I'll be the one to finally crack this case. Honestly, at this point, I'd say the chances of solving this case (and will it really be completely solved even if one or two names, out of 15-20, are figured out) are pretty much slim to none, but with each new article, blog, and post that gets out there, more and more attention is turned towards shameful and dark part of the Georgia Piedmont's history.
I'm planning on adding an update on this story every three weeks or so...at least, that's my plan. I'll be posting these on the main Piedmont Chronicles page and then also adding those entries on this dedicated page as well. Some updates will give more history and information on the actual event, people involved, etc. Some will be reports of field trips that I'll be taking to the bridge, the city of Monroe, and some of the land and roads near where the killings occurred. I'll be adding pictures as well. I'm also going to be conducting some interviews in addition to anything and everything else I feel may be relevant to this story.
So I hope you'll join me on this journey. We'll see what what happens...
In the meantime, here are some informational links regarding the event.
The Wikipedia entry regarding the killings.
A CNN article from 2008 when the case was reopened.
Fire In a Canebrake, a book about the killings, by Laura Wexler
Until next time... MM