Historic Markers Across Georgia

Moore's Ford Lynching

Marker ID: GHS 147-1
Location: US 78 and Locklin Road at Oconee County line
County: Walton
Coordinates: N 33° 51.426    W 083° 36.738
  33.85710144    -83.61229705
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM60GN
Moore's Ford Lynching Marker  


2.4 miles east, at Moore`s Ford Bridge on the Apalachee River, four African-Americans -- George and May Murray Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Dorsey Malcom (reportedly 7 months pregnant) -- were brutally beaten and shot by an unmasked mob on the afternoon of July 25, 1946. The lynching followed an argument between Roger Malcom and a local white farmer. These unsolved murders played a crucial role in both President Truman`s commitment to civil rights legislation and the ensuing modern civil rights movement. In 1998, a biracial memorial service honoring the victims was held at Moore`s Ford Bridge.

1999.8 Erected by The Georgia Historical Society and the Moore`s Ford Memorial Committee, Inc. 147-1


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