This weekend, Georgia State Representative and President of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO), Tyrone Brooks will hold the annual reenactment of the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching in Monroe, Georgia on Saturday, July 28th 2012.
The annual event commemorates the two African-American couples, Roger and Dorothy Malcolm and George and Mae Murray Dorsey, who were murdered at the Moore’s Ford Bridge on July 25, 1946.
The two couples were dragged from a vehicle, beaten, and then brutally shot by a white mob. Dorothy Malcolm, who was 7 months pregnant at the time, was cut open with a knife and had her unborn child removed from her body.
For many years after the murders, citizens of Walton County refused to speak with authorities about the case. As a result, the grand jury failed to identify any suspects in 1946 and the FBI pulled out of the investigation.
In 2001, former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes commissioned the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to re-open case. The FBI began to reinvestigate the murders in 2006.
In 2008, former President George W. Bush, signed the Emmett Till Act, which provided funding to help investigate unsolved civil rights crimes, such as Emmett Till’s murder (Mississippi 1955) as well as the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching.
Since 2005, GABEO, along with a group of civil rights activists have annually reenacted the lynching of Roger and Dorothy Malcolm and George and Mae Murray Dorsey and they will continue to do so until the case is solved.
Many activists are certain that the men who committed the murders at Moore’s Ford Bridge are still alive and living in Walton County today. This case remains unsolved and there is a $35,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of any participant found guilty of the Moore’s Ford Bridge murders.
Anyone with information pertaining to the murders of Moore’s Ford Bridge should contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) at 404-244-2600 or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at 404-679-9000.
The 8th annual reenactment of the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching
Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 12 noon
1st African Baptist Church
130 Tyler Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Buses will leave at 10 a.m. from the Atlanta Community Church of God Vicars Building. 838 Cascade Road SW Atlanta, Georgia 30310.
Contact: Rev. Albert Love, Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta 404-788-4542
For more information about the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching, contact GABEO.