Justice is a word that’s thrown around so much that we sometimes forget what it really means. It’s a cliche’ to some and an unattainable goal to others.
July 25, 1946: In the sweltering heat that by some estimates had reached a high of nearly 100 degrees, two black couples between 20 and 30 years of age, were crossing Moore’s Ford Bridge in the country side of Walton County, Georgia. Their names: George and May Murray Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Dorsey Malcom.
Out of nowhere, in broad daylight, approximately 20 (unmasked) white men converged on the car with guns aimed. Dragged out, no doubt in terror, the two couples were forced into the weeds and thickets where they were shot more than 60 times. Dorothy was reportedly 7-months pregnant.
Located East of Atlanta, Walton County was a small place back then and today it’s population still hasn’t cracked 100,000 citizens. At the time of the murders, Georgia was in the pre-Civil Rights era. The killings sparked a national outrage that reached President Truman and launched a federal investigation and the civil rights movement.
Walton County was founded in 1818 and named for George Walton, one of three men who signed The United States Declaration of Independence. Let that sink in for a moment. A place named for a man who supported such an important foundation of our nation was the site of one the most savage mass lynchings in our history.
According to a recent New York Times article, a grand jury convened but nobody was ever charged in the crime. However, recently those records were ordered unsealed by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. After more than 70 years names and details will finally be available. It’s rumored that some of the people who took part in killing those four young people are still alive. Given that the killers didn’t wear masks, and the crime occurred in broad daylight – in a place as small as Walton County, it was/is likely an open secret as to who was involved. Time will tell if justice will continue to be delayed or denied.
The Southern Drawl will be monitoring and sharing the developments of this heinous crime.
For more details: visit https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/us/moores-ford-lynchings.html