The Moore's Ford Lynching InfoCenter
America's Last Unsolved Mass Murder: July 25, 1946
- Remembering Anthony S. Pitch, Tireless Crusader for Justice in Unsolved Lynching, dead at age 80 (6/29/2019)
- Eleventh Circuit Court will re-hear Pitch v. U.S. en banc later this year, 6/4/2019
- Secrets of 1946 Mass Lynching Could Be Revealed After Court Ruling (New York Times, 2/12/2019)
- Court: Release Georgia Lynching Case Transcripts (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/11/2019)
- Appeals Court Orders Grand Jury Testimony Unsealed in 1946 Case (The Washington Post, 2/12/2019)
- Ruling May Help Unlock Answers to Notorious 1946 "Moore's Ford" Lynchings (CBS News, 2/12/2019)
- Court orders secret transcripts released in 1946 case considered to be America's last mass lynching (CNN, 2/12/2019)
- Court Upholds Order to Unseal Records in Brazen Lynching (US News & World Report, 2/11/2019)
- NJ Lawyer Prevails in Unsealing Grand Jury Transcript in 1946 Lynching Case (NJ Law Journal, 2/12/2019)
- With 2nd court victory, Morris lawyer Joe Bell brings justice closer for victims of mass lynching (MorristownGreen.com, 2/12/2019)
- Unsolved mass lynching grand jury testimony set for release thanks to N.J. lawyer (NJ.com, 2/11/2019)
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Anthony S. Pitch: 3/14/1938 - 6/29/2019
It is with great sadness that the law firm of Bell & Shivas announces the death of our good friend and client Anthony S. Pitch. We've represented Anthony since late 2013 as he sought access to the 1946 Moore's Ford Lynching grand jury records. Photograph by Johnathon Kelso
Despite federal grand jury testimony in December, 1946 and despite numerous FBI and GBI investigations spanning the next seven decades, no one was ever prosecuted for these murders.
In late 2013, Author/Historian Anthony S. Pitch retained Attorney Joseph J. Bell (Bell & Shivas, P. C., Rockaway, NJ) to petition the courts for release of the 1946 grand jury transcripts in order to shine the light of truth on a dark corner of American history.
In 1946, Eugene Talmadge runs a racially charged campaign for Governor. On July 14, black farm-hand Roger Malcolm stabs his boss.
In the early evening of July 25, 1946, two African-American couples are shot near the Moore's Ford Bridge by a mob of white men.
The victims are George W. Dorsey and his wife Mae Murry; and Roger Malcolm and his wife Dorothy. They have been shot over 60 times.
Many view the lynchings as a voting rights massacre with a message to black people in the community to stay away from the polls.
U. S. Attorney Gen. Tom Clark announces that President Truman has directed the Justice Department to conduct a full investigation.
U.S. District Judge T. Hoyt Davis convenes a grand jury in Athens, GA, to hear testimony on the Moore's Ford murders on December 2, 1946.
In order to complete gaps in the historical record, Anthony Pitch seeks access to actual witness testimony from the 1946 grand jury.
Pitch seeks guidance from Attorney Joe Bell (Rockaway, NJ). In late 2013, they join forces and file a petition to obtain the grand jury transcripts.
After 4 years of legal effort, Joe Bell wins a victory in the U. S. District Court on 8/18/2017 (Judge Marc T. Treadwell, Macon, GA).
On Feb. 11, 2019, a 3-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit hands down its decision in favor of Anthony Pitch, giving Bell back-to-back victories.
Moore's Ford Memorial Committee members, led by Director Cassandra Green, attend the Circuit Court hearing on 10/3/2018.
To understand the complexity of the Moore's Ford case, review this timeline of legal events starting in 1946 right up to the present day.