This weekend is the 8th annual Moore's Ford Bridge Lynching Reenactment in Monroe, Ga. The reenactment which is equal parts theater and chilling lesson in Georgia history is bound to leave any viewer deeply moved. The event reenacts the 1946 unsolved lynching in Monroe, Georgia which left 4 African-Americans and one unborn baby dead at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. The event is led every year by Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta. Brooks, who also serves as the president of Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, says he holds the event in hopes that the people who committed the crime will be brought to justice.
“We owe it to the whole concept of rule and law," he says. "We are a republic found on democratic principle that all our citizens are treated equal. When one of us are violated we are all violated so we need to work towards making sure nobody ever escapes the rule of law."
Brooks demands that the case be reopened. He says that the original FBI report in 1946 said that the Ku Klux Klan were responsible and that they had 55 suspects.
“These were young suspects, he says. "Most were not even 30 years old so we are certain that some of those suspects are still living. We think that the federal state and local governments have a responsibility to bring the suspects before the bar of justice to stand trial for this heinous massacre."
Brooks believes that former Gov. Eugene Talmadge also bears some of the responsibility for the lynchings since he was in Monroe a few days before the lynchings “rallying the Ku Klux Klan.” Every year Brooks holds a news conference in front of the Talmadge statue on the Gold Dome lawn to bring attention to the former governor's alleged role in the lynching. Currently, there is a $35,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and successful conviction of any of the killers who are still alive.
The timeline for the day's events follow after the break
Saturday, July 28, 2012: Noon, 1st African Baptist Church, 130 Tyler Street, Monroe, GA 30655 (Highway 11, Across from Church’s Chicken) Church opens at noon for Meditation and Prayers for Justice and Pre-Reenactment Rally
3:00 p.m. Leave 1st 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 (Place 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 (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), George and Mae Murray Dorsey. And a Challenge to Us All to Continue Our Quest and Pursuit of Justice.
Note: There is a $35,000 Reward for information 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, or visit our Web site: www.ga-gabeo.com
Message to the killers: “You can run but you can’t hide forever!” America, we must respect and uphold “The Rule of Law.”
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