In an honest effort to honor the lives of World War II Veteran George W. Dorsey and wife Mae Murray, Roger Malcom and his his seven-month pregnant wife Dorthy Dorsey Malcom, I had the opportunity to have an unfiltered conversation with author Laura Wexler.
Wexler wrote “Fire in a Canebrake,” a book chronicling the Last Mass Lynching in the United States of America.Four African-Americans were brutally lynched on Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe, GA. It was a horrific and historic event on July 25, 1964.
I read the book about five/six years ago and reread it with the 76th anniversary coming up and I was reminded how necessary it is for us know of our local history, especially when it shakes our nation. Having the opportunity to talk with Wexler was inspiring and motivating.
Before it made national headlines shaking national communities, it shook the local communities of Walton and Oconee Counties.
No matter how tough, this is our local history that we must learn. Sometimes the temporary cost of discomfort is worth it in the long run…
A necessary part of seeking the unfiltered truth is sharing that truth. To share this unfiltered truth and honors the lives taken from the lynching, please join on the conversation by clicking the links below.
Sharing the unfiltered truth isn’t always popular and it definitely takes some courage. I think Malcolm X put it best when he said:
“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”Malcolm X