THE MOORE'S FORD LYNCHING
TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with an account of a race related quadruple murder and racially charged language that may be triggering to some people.
Today, July 25, 2014 we celebrate the birth of Emmett Louis Till who was tortured and murdered at fourteen in Money, Mississippi after reportedly flirting with a white woman. He would have been 73. Till's killers would later be acquitted of all charges against them only to later admit to the crime as they were protected under double jeopardy.
On this day in 1946 when Emmett Till had just turned five another tragedy took place not far from where he would meet his tragic demise in Monroe, Georgia. Known as the 1946 Georgia Lynching signifies the murder of George W. Dorsey a veteran of World War II who had been back in the United States less than nine months after serving nearly five years in the Pacific War, his wife Mae Murray Dorsey, Roger Malcom and his wife Dorothy Malcom, who was seven months pregnant.
The two couples worked as sharecroppers for a man named Loy Harrison. Roger Malcom was jailed 11 days prior to his death after stabbing a White farmer and was freed on bail. Loy Harrison, a farmer that the couples worked for, paid the bail himself. When the attack happened, the couples were heading home on Moore’s Ford Bridge. Harrison drove the Dorsey's to the jail and was driving his employees back home, when the White mob pulled the couples from his truck and tied them to trees. According to Harrison’s account, which was reprinted in Time Magazine, the mob planned their attack under the orders of one man.
Loy Harrison on the attack:
A big man who was dressed mighty proud in a double-breasted brown suit was giving the orders. He pointed to Roger and said, ‘We want that N*gger.’ Then he pointed to George Dorsey, my N*gger, and said, ‘We want you, too, Charlie.’ I said, ‘His name ain’t Charlie, he’s George.’ Someone said ‘Keep your damned big mouth shut. This ain’t your party.
Harrison watched on as the mob fired an estimated 60 bullets at the Dorsey and Malcom couples as they were bound to trees.The case caught the attention of national media and made its way to the desk of then President Harry Truman. Creating the President’s Commission on Civil Rights, Truman tried introducing anti-lynching legislation but to avail as Southern voters maintained their racist and unlawful behavior.
The FBI was sent to the town of Monroe, but the investigation yielded little as no one stepped forward to offer assistance or testimony. Even Harrison, who claimed he could not recognize any of the unmasked persons who performed the lynching, failed to cooperate with the federal officials. After Georgia citizens created the Moore’s Ford Memorial Committee to heal any longstanding racial rifts and erect memorial markers for the event, it wasn’t until 2001 that then-Governor Roy Barnes officially reopened the case with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Still, no arrests have been made.
excerpts from newsone.com
The Moore's Ford tragedy was commemorated today by Georgia State Representative Tyrone Brooks.