Dwight Ross Jr. / AJC File
On July 25, 1946, a Walton County mob lynched four local black citizens -- Dorothy Dorsey Malcom and her brother, George Dorsey; Mae Murry Dorsey, wife of George Dorsey; and Dorothy Dorsey Malcom's husband, Roger Malcom -- in a secluded area known as Moore's Ford. The killers have never been named and efforts continue to bring justice to the family members of those murdered. Here is the Moore's Ford bridge, site of the 1946 lynching, as it looked in 1991. A concrete bridge now spans the Apalachee River.
July 28, 1946 -- Lowering the coffin into the grave. The four victims were buried in three different locations: Dorothy Dorsey Malcom and her brother, George Dorsey, were buried in the cemetery of Mount Perry Baptist Church in Bishop, Georgia; Mae Murry Dorsey's funeral was at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Monroe, and she was buried in Zion Hill Cemetery in Morgan County; Roger Malcom is said to be buried at the Chestnut Grove Church cemetery in Monroe.
July 26, 1946 -- Loy Harrison (left), an Oconee County farmer, shows Sheriff J.M. Bond of Oconee County how the mob bound the hands of the two black male victims, George Dorsey and Roger Malcom, together before shooting them and their wives to death near Monroe, Ga., July 25, 1946. Harrison said the mob took the four victims from his car as he was driving to his farm. (Editor's note: The city of Monroe is in Walton County, but the original AP caption mentions Harrison and Bond as being of neighboring Oconee County.)
CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM
A TOUCH OF REDEMPTION: Bobby Howard, 60, touches a memorial thombstone for Moore's Ford lynching victim Mae Murray Dorsey during a visit to the Zion Hill Cemetery in Monroe, Ga., on Monday, Feb. 26, 2001.