Black History | FBI investigates claim suspects in 1946 Georgia mass lynching may be alive

Moore’s Ford Bridge1US authorities are investigating whether some of those responsible for one of the American south’s most notorious mass lynchings are still alive, in an attempt to finally bring prosecutions over the brutal unsolved killings.

FBI agents have questioned a man in Georgia about the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching of 1946, the man told the Guardian. The man was among several in their 80s and 90s named in connection with the incident on a list given to the US Department of Justice by civil rights activists.

Speaking at his home in Monroe, 10 miles west of the lynching site, Charlie Peppers denied taking part in the killings of four African Americans who were tied up and shot 60 times by a white mob.

“Heck no,” said Peppers, 86, when asked if he was involved. “Back when all that happened, I didn’t even know where Moore’s Ford was.” Peppers, who was 18 at the time of the lynching, said: “The blacks are blaming people that didn’t even know what happened back then.”

A report by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) published last week found at least 700 more lynchings than had previously been recorded in southern states, renewing calls from campaigners for any suspects still at large to be brought to justice before it is too late.

Moore’s Ford BridgeThe Moore’s Ford incident, widely described as America’s last mass lynching, stands out as a particularly brutal case even in Georgia, where more lynchings were recorded between 1877 and 1950 than in any other state, according to the EJI study. The report was the result of almost five years of investigations into lynchings in 12 southern states.

No one was ever prosecuted for the killings on 25 July 1946 of two black couples in their 20s: George and Mae Murray Dorsey, and Dorothy and Roger Malcom. According to unconfirmed claims from the time that are now asserted by campaigners, Dorothy Malcom was heavily pregnant and her unborn baby was cut from her body by the attackers.

An outraged President Harry Truman ordered a federal investigation and rewards totalling $12,500 – worth more than $150,000 today – were offered for information leading to a conviction. A grand jury was convened and heard evidence for three weeks. Yet no indictments were brought for the killings, which have long been linked to the Ku Klux Klan.

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13 Responses to Black History | FBI investigates claim suspects in 1946 Georgia mass lynching may be alive

  1. White lynch mobs were threatened by AA men serving in the military & saw them as dangerous & uppity. #TheMooreFordBridgeLynching

  2. An Unsolved Case of Racial Terror: FBI Probes 1946 Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching in Georgia

    Federal authorities are reportedly investigating whether people who carried out one of the worst mass lynchings in recent history are still alive and can be brought to justice. It was July 25, 1946, when a white mob in rural Georgia ambushed a car carrying two African-American couples, dragged them out and shot them to death. One of the men, George Dorsey, was a military veteran who had recently returned from serving five years overseas in World War II. His wife, Mae Murray Dorsey, was also killed. Dorothy Malcom, the other woman in the car, was seven months pregnant. The mob cut her open and removed her unborn child. Her husband, Roger Malcom, had just been bailed out of jail after he was accused of stabbing a white man. A coroner estimated people in the crowd fired more than 60 shots at the two couples, at close range. The horrific attack was carried out near Walton County, Georgia, not far from Moore’s Ford Bridge. It became known as the Moore’s Ford lynching, and sparked a national outcry, prompting President Harry Truman to push for civil rights reform. The FBI also investigated, but no one was ever convicted of the four murders. But a relative of one of the men allegedly involved in the attack has come forward in a videotaped interview with the NAACP. Wayne Watson says his uncle and several other men he named were members of the Ku Klux Klan. We speak to Edward DuBose, a member of the NAACP national board and former president of the Georgia branch of the NAACP, and journalist Herb Boyd.

  3. Bold ass brazen ISH coming from a judge. May all involved bust hell wide open.

    One of the people Watson accused of having knowledge of the lynchings was Walton County Superior Court Judge Marvin Sorrells. The judge couldn’t fathom how his name was ensnared in the drama. “I am not sure I know where this is coming from,” Sorrells told the Walton Tribune. “But I guess since my father was with the county police at the time, [he] just naturally assumes I know about it or took part in it being all of 9½ years old.”

    He said the truth will never come out. “I will say one thing — until the last person of my daddy’s generation dies, no one will talk.”

  4. majiir says:

    Somebody still living in Monroe knows who killed these couples. Charlie Peppers is lying through his teeth. He may not have taken part in the lynchings, but he knows who did them. When I got my first teaching job, I would pass through Monroe on my way home in Middle GA every weekend. The town had no traffic signal at the time, and if you blinked for two or three seconds, you’d miss noticing the entire town. In towns this small in GA, everybody knows everyone who lives in them, and they know everything that happens, so at 18 years of age, Peppers definitely heard about the lynchings. This is a case of feigning ignorance and engaging in a major coverup to avoid prosecution. Peppers’ attitude is typical in small towns in GA, even today. People like him are good at blaming others for what they, or people they know, have done. I hope this investigation continues. If JB Stoner could be brought to justice in his senior years for his role in bombing the Bethel Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL, the old geezers in Monroe can stand trial for their part in the Moore’s Ford Bridge deaths. It pisses me off when I hear some of our Supreme Ct. justices and others declare racism in America is dead while knowing that many Americans are dealing with it everyday.

    • The Justice Dept need to keep up the investigations on the Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching. The victims blood cry out. The murderers cut a little baby out. It takes some deep deep hate to commit an act so hideous.

  5. 1946-funeral of George Dorsey and Dorothy Malcolm, two of the four African American victims of a mob lynching, near Monroe, Ga., in 1946. (AP)

    The funeral of George Dorsey and Dorothy Malcolm, two of the four African American victims of a mob lynching, near Monroe, Ga., in 1946. (AP)”

  6. Michael says:

    Yeah pure evil. Democracy Now with Amy Goodman has a good report on this today.

  7. These mofos were evil beyond description. They cut the baby out!

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