73rd Anniversary Commemoration Reenactment of the Moore’s Ford Lynching

The annual re-enactment of the Moore’s Ford Lynching that took place on the Walton/Oconee County line is scheduled for July 27, 2019.

People are expected to begin gathering at the First African Baptist Church on Tyler Street from 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The motorcade will begin at 1 p.m. to tour the sites linked to the event, including the gravesites. The reenactment at the Moore’s Ford Bridge will be at 4 p.m. The bridge is located at Mt. Carmel Church Road and Moore’s Ford Road.

The re-enactment is of one of the few unsolved civil rights crimes. The Moore’s Ford lynching took place at the Walton/Oconee County line 73 years ago. Nobody has ever been arrested and prosecuted for this crime.

What became known as the Moore’s Ford Lynching was considered by many to be the last mass lynching in the nation’s history.  On July 25, 1946, sharecroppers George and Mae Murray Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Malcom died in a hail of bullets at Moore’s Ford Bridge on the Walton-Oconee County line. The two couples were ambushed after Roger Malcom was bonded out of jail where he’d been held for stabbing a white farmer. According to the narration of an annual reenactment of the events, he was the intended target, but when George Dorsey fought to prevent him being taken by the mob, and one of the women recognized someone in the crowd, they were all dragged from the car and murdered. All four were shot multiple times.

A depiction of the events is reenacted every year in Walton County, beginning in Monroe and ending on Moore’s Ford Bridge where the shooting death of the two couples took place. These annual reenactments were a way to keep a focus on the events at Moore’s Ford Bridge in hopes of one day solving it. But in 2017 the Federal Bureau of Investigation closed its file on the killings and in January 2018 the Georgia Bureau of Investigation followed suit and closed its files too.

You can read the full Wikipedia Account of the Moore’s Ford Lynchings here.

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