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A federal appeals court has ruled it will not allow the unsealing of over 70-year-old grand jury documents tied to a notorious Georgia lynching.

The 8-4 opinion issued on March 30 by the entire body of judges in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said it would be improper to release the grand jury documents in the Moore’s Ford Lynching case. The court said to do so would endanger the secrecy of every grand jury proceeding from that point on.

Phil Fonville

The Equal Justice Initiative documents nearly 5,000 lynchings in America between 1877 and 1950, though the number is likely higher. The vast majority of those lynched were African American men. Many were hanged, shot and mutilated in public events advertised on the radio and in newspapers.

The documentary Always In Season looks at this history of racism and lynching in the U.S. and connects it to the racial climate and justice today. 

Grant Blankenship / GPB

Advocates for justice in a 73-year-old Georgia lynching made the case Tuesday for release of grand jury records in federal court.

Activists have reenacted the Moore's Ford Lynching at least once a year for years. That's helped keep attention on the case where two couples, including a World War II veteran, were killed by a white mob in Walton County.

Grant Blankenship / GPB News

On a late July day, a crowd of people were trying to find the right spot on a two-lane road outside the town of Monroe to watch a crime.  


With the same megaphone he’s carried all day, civil rights activist and former Georgia legislator Tyrone Brooks got people where they need to be.  


“If you all make your way up the hill you can see the first scene,” Brooks announced. 


Officials Recognize Controversial History with New Landmark

Jan 24, 2019
DeKalb County Government

On Tuesday, members of the Dekalb County Commission unanimously passed a measure to build a memorial to recognize victims of lynching and racial terrorism in the county.

In beginning the Remembrance Project, the DeKalb NAACP supported the Equal Justice Initiative and proposed the measure for the marker to be erected.

Audra Melton/The New York Times

Georgia has the second-highest number of undocumented lynchings. A 2015 report by the Equal Justice Initiative found nearly 600 cases in the state.

The United States Department of Justice estimates nearly two-thirds of all jail inmates have mental health problems. In Georgia, a new investigation raises serious questions about the quality of care those inmates receive.Over the last decade, 1 in 6 of more than 500 deaths in Georgia jails has involved inmates who showed signs of mental illness, the Georgia News Lab, WSB-TV and Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found. We spoke with Georgia News Lab reporters Christina Maxouris and Harrison Young to find out more. The AJC's Brad Schrade also joined.

Family of Henry "Peg" Gilbert

In 1947 in Harris County, Georgia, an African-American man named Henry “Peg” Gilbert was arrested and jailed, without legal cause.

Five days later, a mob beat him to death in his jail cell. He was a deacon at Union Springs Baptist Church as well as a respected landowner. He was arrested by the county’s sheriff on suspicions of Gilbert hiding a fugitive. There was never a trial or conviction. 

In the year since President Trump took office, a new wave of social movements has rippled across the country. March for Science Atlanta brings together scientists, data geeks and average citizens to push for policies that support and reflect research. The group will hold its annual Rally for Science April 14. The Rally for Science keynote speaker is Emory University professor Linda DeGutis. She previously served as director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC. DeGutis will speak on the importance of gun violence research. We spoke with DeGutis and March for Science organizers Louis Kiphen and Allison Halterman.

Courtesy of National Memorial for Peace and Justice

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice details a painful legacy in American history: the lynchings of thousands of African-American men, women and children. 

On Second Thought For Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017

Georgia has submitted a new plan to hold public schools accountable for student performance. The updates are more lenient on testing. Governor Deal says intense testing is critical to hold schools accountable, but the state Superintendent says we must avoid a “measure, pressure, and punish” culture. We talk with Ty Tagami of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Also Dana Rickman, Director of Policy and Research with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

GPB News/Emily Cureton

In South Georgia’s Wiregrass Country, a plaque in the town of Quitman marks a hanging place. It’s where, in August of 1864, four men were executed for plotting a slave rebellion. Over the next century, mob violence against African-Americans often erupted in South Georgia.

This is where our Senior Editor Don Smith was born and raised. He moved away in 1958. Don recently went back to his hometown to mark the anniversary of the Civil War hanging, and talk with longtime residents about how they remember the county’s history of racial violence. GPB's Emily Cureton reports. 

Police Chief Apologizes For Long-Ago Lynching

Jan 30, 2017
Sam Whitehead / GPB

A Georgia police department is looking at its past to strengthen its relationship with the African-American community. 


Last week in LaGrange, something rare happened: the police chief made a public apology for his agency's role in a lynching that happened more than 75 years ago.