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Friday, July 22, 2011

Group reenacts the 1946 unsolved lynchings in Monroe, Ga.

On July 25, 1946, in Monroe, Ga., two African-American couples were beaten, shot and lynched by a group of armed men. Their bodies were riddled with so many bullets they were practically unrecognizable. The case has never been solved. On Saturday in Monroe, a group will reenact the killing during the "7th Annual Reenactment of the Lynchings at the Moore's Ford Bridge."

This intense day of events commemorates the last “open, public mass lynching where multiple people were killed at the same time in the United States of America, “ says state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, one of the event's organizers. “The reenactment is a way to call for justice, a call to keep the case alive and an educational tool for people on the street,” the longtime lawmaker said, “But the main reason is to demand that America continue to respect the rule of law and to demand that the FBI and local authorities do the job they are sworn to do and bring the killers to justice. There is no statue of limitation on murder and we believe the murderers are still living. They must be brought to justice.”

For more information about the event and directions to the various sites go to the GABEO website.

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