Photo credits: Georgia State University Library / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Two young African American couples were murdered in a pair of lynchings on July 25, 1946.
Two young African American couples were murdered in a pair of gruesome lynchings on July 25, 1946. A group of white males confronted George W. Dorsey (who fought in WWII), Mae Murray Dorsey, Roger Malcolm, and Dorothy Malcolm as they were making their way to their house. Dorothy was carrying a child at the time and was seven months along in her pregnancy.
Walton County had jailed Roger Malcolm for stabbing his white employer. After spending seven days in custody, Loy Harrison, a well-known white farmer, was joined by Malcolm’s brother-in-law, and his wife to release Malcolm on bail. His wife and brother-in-law were unaware that the bailout was part of an angry white mob’s plot to capture Roger Malcolm and savagely murder him.
“They are exterminating us,” an African American man at the burial told a reporter from The Chicago Defender.
“We have nothing to defend ourselves other than our bare hands as they continue to slaughter Negro veterans,” the man went on to say, according to the Zinn Education Project. Despite receiving widespread media coverage, the killings were never prosecuted.
However, Keith Beauchamp, the dedicated film director who produced Murder in Black and White: Moore’s Ford tells this tragic story – in accurate detail for the purpose of keeping the truth alive.
Watch Beauchamp’s film below.