Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching Photo Discovery

Burial of one of the four Moore's Ford Bridge lynching victims, July 1946. Copyright Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Courtesy of Georgia State Univeristy Library.

A cache of 32 photographs taken shortly after the 1946 Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching in Walton County, Georgia has been recently discovered by Tim Crimmins, a Georgia State University history professor.

Dr. Crimmins was surveying the Atlanta Journal and Constitution Photograph Collection, which was donated to GSU Library’s Special Collections Department in March 2010, when he recognized the significance of these photographic negatives.  They document people and places related to the last unsolved mass lynching in U.S. history.

The 1946 Georgia lynching, a quadruple killing by 12 to 15 perpetrators, attracted national attention and was unsuccessfully investigated by the FBI.  In 2001, Governor Roy Barnes reopened the investigation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and in 2006 the FBI also re-entered the case.

In 2004 Laura Wexler published Fire in a Canebreak which details this horrific racial crime.

The photographs are shown below with the hope that names and locations can be identified.   Please contact Peter J. Roberts at if you have additional information.

All photographs copyright Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Courtesy of Georgia State University Library.

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11 Responses to Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching Photo Discovery

  1. bulvár says:

    Superb! What a wonderful opportunity to capture his reflective energies. I’m so glad you were there to do so.

    Thank you.

    Love, joy, and deep appreciation,


  2. Robin Kemp says:

    Posted a link to Facebook, as well as this link: . Hope someone out there will find it.

  3. Pearl Malta says:

    Memories of a tragic event and despite all the effort the case is still unsolved.

  4. RENA TOWLER says:

    I was not born yet its sad how people had to live back then.

  5. For a John Lewis to have march across a bridge 30+ years ago to sit and eat with his former Slave Masters, have supported everything about anything and anybody else, have refused to question this tragedy? John Lewis should address this issue as he did about Soviet Jews?

  6. It’s totally amazing how far we’ve come as a nation, yet we still have so far to go.

  7. These are some incredible photos showing a different time in our history. I am a photographer and appreciate your contribution.

  8. For the past few years I have been trying to understand the annual reenactment associated with such cases.

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  10. Cassandra Greene says:

    I have directed the Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching for the past 4 years and I am still amazed at the amount of people in Georgia that are not aware of this tragedy. We should all still be crying out for justice for those two young couples and an unborn child. I weep at the site where they were killed every time we are on those grounds.

  11. Elizabeth Jones says:

    I am a local author looking for material on this subject. I would be interested in your insight.