Students Investigate 1946 Monroe Lynching

In 1946 two African American couples were dragged from a car and shot to death by a white mob on…

Georgia (Oct 7, 2010) — In 1946 two African American couples were dragged from a car and shot to death by a white mob on the Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe.


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Since then both the FBI and GBI have looked into the crime but no one has ever been arrested.

Now archeology students from Kennesaw State University will join students from the Bauder College Cold Case Research Institute to take a fresh look at the crime scene.

That includes looking for bullets with metal detectors.

Sheryl McCollum of the Cold Case Institute is coordinating the effort. She says students are volunteering their time to help bring closure for the victim’s families:

"If the students do not recover a shell casing or any type of projectile there’s no failure in that. It’s one more Saturday that they’re spending working for these families."

McCollum says any evidence that is uncovered will be passed on to the FBI and GBI.



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