July 25, 1946. The date of the United States of America’s last mass lynching. In Monroe, GA on Moore’s Ford Bridge, four African-American people were lynched by a mob of over twenty White men.
Today we remember World War II veteran George Dorsey and his wife May Murray Dorsey. Today we remember Roger Malcolm, his wife Dorothy Dorsey Malcolm and their unborn child. (Dorthy was seven months pregnant.)
They were brutally beaten, hung, and then their bodies riddled with gunshots over 60 times at close range.
Although the mob wore nothing over their faces and were most likely connected to the Klu Klux Klan, the case remains unsolved. (Whenever I think of that it’s just like: ????)
This bit of history, although gorey is one, we cannot forget. I can remember learning about this from my Dad and my heart dropping and tears burning my face; it hurt to cry. That amount of hate it takes to carry out such a gruesome act is unsettling.
In short, it boils down to an intricate set-up and an ambush, fueled by White supremacy and racism.
To think George Dorsey could sacrifice, risk his life, and survive World War II but come home and be killed by another American citizen. He survived a World War but could not survive hatred in his small hometown of Monroe, GA.
The transcripts from the court proceedings in1946 were supposed to be released sometime in 2020. However, according to the March 2020 article, the transcripts “must remain a secret”.
Why must the truth remain a secret?!
If you are interested in learning more about the details of this day, I invite you to read Fire in a Canebrake by Laura Wexler… and then let me know you read it so we can talk about it.
We cannot undo these acts but we can pursue the unfiltered truth.