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A journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections

Moore's Ford Lynching Reenactment

Emory University
Published July 3, 2012

Since 2005, a group of activists have annually reenacted the lynching of Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey, murdered on Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe, Georgia, on July 25, 1946.  In his Southern Spaces essay "'Holding on to Those Who Can't be Held': Reenacting a Lynching at Moore's Ford, Georgia," Mark Auslander explores the complexities of this ritual performance. This year's reenactment, occuring later this month, will be filmed for the documentary Always In Season by San Francisco-based filmaker Jacqueline Olive. Below is the flyer for the event, organized by Cassandra Greene and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO):

66th Anniversary Commemoration and 8th Annual Reenactment of the Lynchings at the Moore’s Ford Bridge, Monroe, Georgia

Clyde Bradley, Reenactment of the Lynchings at the Moore’s Ford Bridge, Monroe, GA.

Remembering Victims of Lynchings Throughout the USA
Saturday, July 28, 2012, 12 Noon 
First African Baptist Church, 130 Tyler Street, Monroe, GA 30655
(at Highway 11, Across from Church’s Chicken)


12 Noon - Church opens for meditation and prayers for justice.

1 p.m. - Pre-Reenactment rally. Invited guest speakers will include national and local Civil/Human Rights activists, clergy and political leaders.

Narrator, Mr. Robert Howard, Walton County Director, Min. Cassandra Greene, Director Ms. Hattie Lawson, Chair, Athens Area Human Relations Council

Reenactment Timeline

3:00 p.m. - Leave First African Baptist Church for visitation of the Malcom and Dorsey gravesites.

4:45 p.m. -  Arrive at the farm house of Barney Hester, 2932 Hester Town Road. (This is where the altercation occurred leading to the arrest of Roger Malcom, Sunday, July 14, 1946.)

5 p.m. -  Leave Barney Hester’s House

5:15 p.m. -  Arrive at the Old County Jail, 203 Milledge Avenue, Downtown Monroe. (This is where Roger Malcom was held for 11 days.)

5:30 p.m. -  Leave the jail en route to the Moore’s Ford Bridge. (This is the exact time that Loy Harrison, a white farmer, took the Malcoms and the Dorseys from the jail and delivered them to the KKK lynch mob waiting at the Moore’s Ford Bridge.)

6 p.m. - Arrive at the Moore’s Ford Bridge for the Reenactment Ceremony and Call for Justice: Arrest and Prosecution Now!!

7 p.m. - Benediction at the historic memorial marker dedicated to the legacy of Roger and Dorothy Malcom (and Justice, unborn infant) and George and Mae Murray Dorsey.
Here’s a Challenge to Us All to Continue Our Quest and Pursuit of Justice.


Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching is the last unsolved mass lynching in US History!

$35,000 Reward for info that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the killers.

If you have information of the lynchings, please contact: The GBI – 404-244-2600 or the FBI – 404-679-9000. For more information contact: Rep. Tyrone Brooks, President, Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, 404-656-6372 or 404-372-1894, Cassandra Greene, Director 770-899-7424, or visit our Web site:

Message to the killers: “You can run but you can’t hide forever!”
America, we must respect and uphold “The Rule of Law.”


From Atlanta:
Take I-20 East Exit 82 at Conyers-Athens (Highway 138). Turn left and head straight to Monroe (Pass McDonalds on your left and keep straight on Highway 78) Exit at Highway 11 (Monroe Exit). Turn right. Go one block and turn left on Tyler Street Church is on your left (look for Church’s Chicken on the right).

Coming I-20 West:
Exit at Monroe Monticello Exit 98. Turn right. Stay on Highway 11 straight to Monroe (approximately 13 miles). You will pass through downtown Social Circle. Go straight ahead to Monroe. Stay on Highway 11 Look for Church’s Chicken on your left. Turn right on Tyler Street You are at the church.

Coming From Athens:
Take Highway 78 West to Monroe Exit on East Spring Street.  Come into town. Take a right on Broad Street at courthouse (Hwy.11). Turn right and come up to Church’s Chicken. Turn right on Tyler Street.

Coming from Stone Mountain or Gwinnett County area:
Take Highway 78 East to Monroe.

Coming from Macon area:
Come to Monticello Take Highway 11 North all the way to Monroe. (Follow the instructions as outlined above.)

Note: If you pass Church’s Chicken you have gone too far.
Church Telephone Number 770-267-5819