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Roger & Dorothy Malcolm

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On July 25, 1946, two African-American couples were murdered near the Moore’s Ford Bridge in Walton County, Georgia, The victims were George W. Dorsey and his wife, Mae Murray, and Roger Malcolm and his wife, Dorothy. Mr. Dorsey, a World War II veteran who had served in the Pacific for five years, had been home for only nine months. Roger was a farm laborer who worked for the Hester family in Walton County. At the time of his death, he was the common-law husband of Dorothy Malcolm. His stabbing of Barnett Hester during an argument on the Hester farm is widely regarded as one of the primary causes of the lynching. Dorothy Malcolm was also known as Doris or Millie Kate, the common-law wife of Roger Malcolm. She was a laborer who also worked in the homes of white farmers. According to her mother’s grand jury testimony in December, 1946, Dorothy Malcolm was shot to death on her 20th birthday.

George W. and Mae Murray Dorsey

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MyAJC George W. Dorsey was Dorothy Malcolm’s brother. He was a field hand and worked on the farms of local property owners. A World War II Army veteran, he was discharged in September, 1945. He was a private first class in an engineer battalion and received the American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and a good conduct medal. He had a son, but he and the mother never married. His son, Lucious Dorsey was said to be living in Atlanta. At the time of George’s death, he was the common-law husband of Mae Murray Dorsey. The common-law wife of George Dorsey, Mae was considered by many to be very attractive and a stylish dresser. Some of her friends nicknamed her Mae West. She was a field hand and a domestic.

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