July 25, 1946 – Quadruple Lynching; Successfully Evading “The Rule of Law”

On this date, two young black couples were shot and killed in Monroe, Georgia. George Dorsey was a veteran of World War II and he was out with his wife Mae and friends Roger and Dorothy (who was seven months pregnant). They were attacked by between 12 and 15 white men who were primarily after Roger, who had stabbed (but not killed) a white man in an altercation. The mob cut Dorothy open and removed her unborn child. They then tied the four to trees and fired some sixty bullets at close range. No one was ever charged with the crime.

The crime gets “reenacted” every year, in the hope that the people who committed the crime will be brought to justice. At the 2012 reenactment, former Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta reiterated his demand that the case be reopened. He averred that the original FBI report in 1946 said that Ku Klux Klan members were responsible and that they had 55 suspects:

Most were not even 30 years old so we are certain that some of those suspects are still living. We think that the federal state and local governments have a responsibility to bring the suspects before the bar of justice to stand trial for this heinous massacre.”

Brooks said he holds the event in hopes that the people who committed the crime will be brought to justice:

We owe it to the whole concept of rule and law,” he says. “We are a republic found on democratic principle that all our citizens are treated equal. When one of us are violated we are all violated so we need to work towards making sure nobody ever escapes the rule of law.”

There is still a $35,000 reward outstanding for information that will lead to the arrest and successful conviction of any of the killers who are still alive. Edward DuBose, a member of the NAACP national board and former president of the Georgia branch of the NAACP, has endorsed a letter every year to the Senate Judiciary Committee to reopen an investigation into this case. You can read an interview with him about it here.

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