What is infamously referred to as the “Georgia Massacre” was a brutal and execution style murder of Dorothy Malcolm, Roger Malcolm, George Dorsey, and May Dorsey.
(this entry is under construction) July 25, 1946: . A mob of twenty white men pulled these four unarmed citizens out of the car on an isolated road, lined them up, and murdered them. “Shot in a fusillade of bullets; their faces were “scarcely recognizable from the mass of bullet holes”. The day of this massacre Roger Malcolm, one of the men murdered, had been bailed out by Loy Harrison. Loy Harrison was a farm owner, who was reportedly a member of the Ku Klux Klan and known bootlegger. After bailing Roger out of prison, he was going to take the two couples, the two women sisters and George Dorsey a WW2 veteran, back to his farm to work as sharecroppers. On the drive back they were stopped on a lonely road. Loy Harrison describes the initial encounter. “A big man who was dressed mighty proud in a double-breasted brown suit was giving the orders. He pointed to Roger and said, ‘We want that Nigger.’ Then he pointed to George Dorsey, my Nigger, and said, ‘We want you, too, Charlie.’ I said, ‘His name ain’t Charlie, he’s George.’ Someone said ‘Keep your damned big mouth shut. This ain’t your party.”. As they were pulling the two men out of the car one of the women were able to identify an assailant and called his name out. The identification lead them to pull the women out of the car and place them near their husbands. Harrison stood silent as the mob fire an accounted sixty bullets into the living bodies of these four human beings. To understand the massacre we must examine the context of the time. This murder occurred shortly after Eugene Talmadge, the man hoping to “save Georgia for the white man” was put into office. This primary election race for governor was very contested as many of the previous barriers such as voter age, poll tax, and white primary exclusivity had been struck down by the supreme court. Black registered voters increased from 20,000 to an estimated 135,000. While each candidate in this election supported discrimination and segregation in all of its vehicles, Talmadge “broke from the pack with an aggressively racist campaign, pledging to restore an all white democratic primary and welcoming the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan. Harkening Back to the Reconstruction era, Talmadge warned that if blacks voted in primary elections, “our Jim Crow laws are gone, and our pretty while children will be going to school with Negroes”. After this mad king was elected into the position of governor the mood of the state was set. This massacre drew nationwide attention including an investigation by the F.B.I. However this investigation was met with silence from the town. Nobody was willing to identify any of the assailants and eventually the grand jury was unable to identify any suspects. This is a common example of how point blank murders with known suspects bore no guilty verdicts. This was ”The inevitable results of Talmadge’s and the Ku Klux Klan’s advocacy of violation of the laws of the federal government and human decency. “