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Mass Grave Lynching

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 Athens Banner-Herald -- quote --``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.


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