The annual re-enactment of the Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching is scheduled to take place Saturday, beginning at noon at the First African Baptist Church in Monroe. This is the 7th annual re-enactment of the July 25, 1946 murders of black sharecroppers George and Mae Murray Dorsey and Roger and Dorothy Malcom at Moore’s Ford Bridge on the Walton-Oconee County line. The two couples were ambushed, reportedly by a group of about 15 to 20 men, and gunned down. The crime was never solved.
In 2001, former Gov. Roy Barnes commissioned the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to re-open the case and in 2006 the Federal Bureau of Investigations also re-entered investigations. Last year, a cold-case investigative unit out of Bauder College, with the help of Kennesaw State University, conducted a forensic search of the crime scene to see if they could come up with any additional information.
According to information from the office of state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, which is sponsoring the event, a motorcade will leave from Atlanta just after 10 a.m. Saturday headed for the First African Baptist Church located at 130 Tyler St. in Monroe. A rally will begin at 1 p.m., with several high profile speakers, followed by a tour of the historic locations in the area that relate to the massacre. The tour will conclude at the Moore’s Ford Bridge where the re-enactment will follow at 6 p.m. The event will close at 7 p.m. with a benediction.
The case remains open and there is a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of any persons guilty of these murders. Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI at 404-244-2600 or the FBI at 404-679-9000.