This Day in History

July 25, 1946: Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching

Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity

On July 25, 1946, two young African American couples were lynched near the Moore’s Ford Bridge 60 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. George W. Dorsey (a veteran of WWII), Mae Murray Dorsey, Roger, and Dorothy Malcolm (seven months pregnant) were accosted by a mob of white men as they headed to their home. The case received national attention, however the murderers were never brought to justice.

Moore's Ford Bridge | Zinn Education Project

Burial of one of the four Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching victims. Source: Georgia State University Library and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Learn more from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, BlackPast, and the book Fire in a Canebrake by Laura Wexler. Also read “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror” from the Equal Justice Initiative.