WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ A group devoted to remembering the 1946
lynching of two black couples on a bridge by a white mob has turned
its attention to a killing four decades earlier.
Members of the Moore's Ford Memorial Committee, named for the bridge where Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey were killed in Monroe, are hoping to find the graves of nine people shot by a Watkinsville mob in 1905.
The killings are often called one of the worst racial episodes in the state's history. Author James Allen said during a recent interview on CNN that the victims were buried in a mass grave holding eight blacks and one white.
With success in finding and restoring the graves of the Moore's Ford victims, the committee aims to do the same for the victims of the 1905 killings. They plan to scour church, census and county records and talk with relatives of the victims and family members of others alive then.
Rich Rusk, a founding member of the Moore's Ford group, says the story of the mass grave has never been proven other than vague newspaper accounts.
Rusk told the Savannah Morning News, "We've been working on Moore's Ford since 1997, and we really haven't done much at all about any of the other lynchings that have occurred in this area. But given the national exposure given to the lynching ... we need to find out what the truth is.''
Newspaper accounts describe an angry mob of 50 people who dragged the nine men from their cells in the Watkinsville jail, tied them up and shot them to death on June 30th, 1905. At least six of the victims were buried together, while the others were buried separately, according to a story in the Atlanta Constitution.