Category Archives: Famous People

Moore’s Ford Lynching, Georgia

Walton and Oconee Counties
Left to right- Mae Murray and George Dorsey, Roger and Dorothy Malcom

On July 25, 1946, George W. (1917-1946) and Mae Murray (1922-1946) Dorsey, and Roger (1922-1946) and Dorothy (1926-1946) Malcom were murdered by a group of ten to fifteen white men on a dirt road near the Apalachee River. The Moore’s Ford Bridge crosses near where the incident happened.

Moore’s Ford Bridge over the Apalachee River

The two couples worked for farmer J. Loy Harrison (1903-1987) as sharecroppers. On July 11, Roger Malcom allegedly stabbed a white farmer, Barnette Hester (1917-1982). On July 25, Harrison bailed out Malcom and drove the Malcoms and Dorseys back towards the farm. As they neared the bridge, Harrison was forced to pull over while the the gang of white men proceeded to murder the two couples.

Apalachee River

The case remains unsolved despite the FBI offering reward money for clues in solving the case. It is believed that Harrison and others in the community know who committed the murders, but no one ever came forward. Despite renewed interest in the case, the federal government chose to officially close the investigation on March 27, 2020.

The first historical sign in the state of Georgia that documents a lynching. Georgia is second in the number of lynchings, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.

A group reenacts the day’s events every year. You can follow their page to get more information.

This is highly recommended reading.

Laura Wexler’s Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America

Mount Perry Missionary Baptist Church
The funerals for the Dorsey siblings were held at Mount Perry Missionary Baptist Church. George Dorsey was a veteran of World War II.
The final resting place for siblings George Dorsey and Dorothy Malcom at Mount Perry Missionary Baptist Church in Morgan County, Georgia.
The final resting place for Roger Malcom at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Morgan County, Georgia.

This post will be updated to include Mae Murray Dorsey’s headstone that’s located in Zion Hill Cemetery.

Luther Judson Price-Atlanta, Georgia

Fulton County

The Price House

I owe this post to my two friends, Victoria and Ann. Both had shared photos of Luther Price’s house and said it was being restored. I adore this house, and I am glad that it is getting the attention it deserves.

Luther J. Price

Luther Price was a shopkeeper and the first appointed Black postmaster of South Atlanta. He and his wife, Minnie, lived above the store with their children until they decided to move just down the street on Gammons Street.

The Morse Building
Morse can be seen under one of the power lines with what looks to be the date of 1906. I am uncertain what the other date is.

Victoria was the one who asked why was the building called Morse. I delved into census records to see if I could determine the reason why. Well, Albert Morse and his family lived right behind the store. They lived next to each other according to the 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 census records. Additionally, Morse is listed as a postal clerk. Since the 1890 Census Records were lost to fire, it is not known if the families knew each other before 1900 and who moved to the area first.

Morse house

The Morse house is still standing. In addition, Albert’s brother, Dr. George Skipworth Morse, was one of the first Black doctors to work for the Atlanta Public Schools. Both families were successful in their own right.

I hope to unravel more about the friendships between these two families.

Both families are buried in Southview Cemetery.

Luther J. Price Middle School is located close to where the Prices lived.

Lincoln Cemetery-Atlanta, Georgia

Fulton County
The crypt of Reverend Doctor Ralph David Abernathy and Doctor Juanita Odessa Jones Abernathy is decorated with lipstick kiss marks. In addition to being a leading civil rights activist, Juanita was a successful Mary Kay salesperson and was noted for her lipstick color.

Founded in 1925 as Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln Cemetery is the final resting place for many notable Black Atlantans. Tiger Flowers, the renowned boxer, was one of the original benefactors to help develop the cemetery. The cemetery is over 100 acres, with many of the acres not yet developed.

Dr. Hamilton Holmes (1941-1995) desegregated the University of Georgia.
Tiger Flowers (1895-1927) was a renowned boxer, who passed away after surgery. His gravesite is behind the chapel. Before the chapel was built, his plot was in of the more prominent locations of the cemetery.
Leila Mae Williams (1912-2021) ran Leila’s Dinette on Fair Street. This article in the Atlanta Voice gives a good summary all of her accomplishments.
Reverend Hosea L. Williams, Sr. (1926-2000), the noted civil rights activist, rests at Lincoln.
W. A. Scott, the founder of Atlanta Daily World, was murdered outside his home in 1934. His murderer was never caught.
One of the many sculptures that dot the landscape at Lincoln.

Ma Rainey-Columbus, Georgia

Muscogee County

Gertrude “Ma” Rainey Pridgett (1886-1939) is considered the “Mother of Blues.” Columbus, Georgia was her home which is where she was born.

She started performing by the age of 14 and began touring as part of vaudeville and minstrel shows. Known for her dynamic performances, Ma Rainey made a name for herself as she toured the country.

The Ma Rainey house, now a museum, was the home that Ma purchased for her mother and where she moved into upon her return to Columbus. Initially, the home was the typical shotgun that can still be seen in the neighborhood, but Rainey had a new two-story home built. She lived there until her death in 1939. The house was saved from demolition by neglect by committed Columbus preservationists. It was put on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1992.

Ma Rainey rests in Porterdale Cemetery, which was once known as the Colored Cemetery. It was put on the NRHP in 1980.

Opened in 1924, the Liberty Theatre was a segregated theatre that hosted Ma Rainey and other Black artists. Rainey eventually purchased the theater. It was put on the NRHP in 1984.