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  • Posted on July 3, 2012

    Katie Rawson, Emory University


    Since 2005, a group of activists have annually reenacted the lynching of Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey, murdered on Moore’s Ford Bridge in Monroe, Georgia, on July 25, 1946.  In his Southern Spaces essay "'Holding on to Those Who Can't be Held': Reenacting a Lynching at Moore's Ford, Georgia," Mark Auslander explores the complexities of this ritual performance. This year's reenactment, occuring later this month, will be filmed for the documentary Always In Season by San Francisco-based filmaker Jacqueline Olive. Below is the flyer for the event, organized by Cassandra Greene and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO):

    66th Anniversary Commemoration and 8th Annual Reenactment of the Lynchings at the Moore’s Ford Bridge, Monroe, Georgia

    Clyde Bradley, Reenactment of the Lynchings at the Moore’s Ford Bridge, Monroe, GA.

    Remembering Victims of Lynchings Throughout the USA
    Saturday, July 28, 2012, 12 Noon 
    First African Baptist Church, 130 Tyler Street, Monroe, GA 30655
    (at Highway 11, Across from Church’s Chicken)


    12 Noon - Church opens for meditation and prayers for justice.

    1 p.m. - Pre-Reenactment rally. Invited guest speakers will include national and local Civil/Human Rights activists, clergy and political peaders.

    Narrator, Mr. Robert Howard, Walton County Director, Min. Cassandra Greene, Director Ms. Hattie Lawson, Chair, Athens Area Human Relations Council

    Reenactment Timeline

    3:00 p.m. - Leave First African Baptist Church for visitation of the Malcom and Dorsey gravesites.

    4:45 p.m. -  Arrive at the farm house of Barney Hester, 2932 Hester Town Road. (This is where the altercation occurred leading to the arrest of Roger Malcom, Sunday, July 14, 1946.)

    5 p.m. -  Leave Barney Hester’s House

    5:15 p.m. -  Arrive at the Old County Jail, 203 Milledge Avenue, Downtown Monroe. (This is where Roger Malcom was held for 11 days.)

    5:30 p.m. -  Leave the jail en route to the Moore’s Ford Bridge. (This is the exact time that Loy Harrison, a white farmer, took the Malcoms and the Dorseys from the jail and delivered them to the KKK lynch mob waiting at the Moore’s Ford Bridge.)

    6 p.m. - Arrive at the Moore’s Ford Bridge for the Reenactment Ceremony and Call for Justice: Arrest and Prosecution Now!!

    7 p.m. - Benediction at the historic memorial marker dedicated to the legacy of Roger and Dorothy Malcom (and Justice, unborn infant) and George and Mae Murray Dorsey.
    Here’s a Challenge to Us All to Continue Our Quest and Pursuit of Justice.


    Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching is the last unsolved mass lynching in US History!

    $35,000 Reward for info that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the killers. 

    If you have information of the lynchings, please contact: The GBI – 404-244-2600 or the FBI – 404-679-9000. For more information contact: Rep. Tyrone Brooks, President, Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, 404-656-6372 or 404-372-1894, Cassandra Greene, Director 770-899-7424, or visit our Web site:

    Message to the killers: “You can run but you can’t hide forever!”
    America, we must respect and uphold “The Rule of Law.”


    From Atlanta:
    Take I-20 East Exit 82 at Conyers-Athens (Highway 138). Turn left and head straight to Monroe (Pass McDonalds on your left and keep straight on Highway 78) Exit at Highway 11 (Monroe Exit). Turn right. Go one block and turn left on Tyler Street Church is on your left (look for Church’s Chicken on the right).

    Coming I-20 West:
    Exit at Monroe Monticello Exit 98. Turn right. Stay on Highway 11 straight to Monroe (approximately 13 miles). You will pass through downtown Social Circle. Go straight ahead to Monroe. Stay on Highway 11 Look for Church’s Chicken on your left. Turn right on Tyler Street You are at the church.

    Coming From Athens:
    Take Highway 78 West to Monroe Exit on East Spring Street.  Come into town. Take a right on Broad Street at courthouse (Hwy.11). Turn right and come up to Church’s Chicken. Turn right on Tyler Street.

    Coming from Stone Mountain or Gwinnett County area:
    Take Highway 78 East to Monroe.

    Coming from Macon area:
    Come to Monticello Take Highway 11 North all the way to Monroe. (Follow the instructions as outlined above.)

    Note: If you pass Church’s Chicken you have gone too far.
    Church Telephone Number 770-267-5819

    Posted on June 28, 2012

    Tom Rankin, Photographer

    Tom Rankin, Grave of James D. Lynch, Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson, Mississippi, 2012.
    James D. Lynch (1839–1872) was the first African American to serve as the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Born to a white father and black mother in Baltimore, Maryland, Lynch was trained as a minister at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, and then preached in Galena, Indiana until the Civil War. After the war, Lynch preached in South Carolina, and later in Mississippi, where the plight of blacks led him to join the Republican Party. He quickly rose to prominence in the party and in Mississippi politics. Shortly after his death, the Republican-controlled Mississippi legislature voted to invest $1000 in a monument to Lynch to be erected in the previously all-white Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, Mississippi.
    Posted on June 26, 2012

    Alan G. Pike, Emory University

    The Bulletin 

    The Bulletin compiles news from in and around the US South. We hope these posts will provide space for lively discussion and debate regarding issues of importance to those living in and intellectually engaging with the US South.

    Posted on June 19, 2012

    Allen Tullos, Emory University

    Tom Rankin, Delta Winter, Bolivar County, Mississippi, 2010.
    Tom Rankin, Delta Winter, Bolivar County, Mississippi, 2010.

    Tom Rankin is stepping down as the director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University after fifteen years of service. During Tom’s tenure as director, CDS has become an internationally recognized documentary arts institution, annually offering many undergraduate courses and continuing education classes leading to certificates. Integral to these educational experiences are the center’s exhibitions, books, awards, radio programming, multimedia production, fieldwork projects, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. In addition to his work at CDS, Tom Rankin is an editorial board member of Southern Spaces. We are excited that Tom will have time to do more photography and teaching. He will also become director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. Below is the job announcement for the open director position:

    The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University seeks a director with proven leadership skills and a demonstrated passion for the documentary arts. The director will supervise a management team with thirty-two full-time and approximately forty part-time staff and faculty. The Center has an operating budget of $4 million, eighteen percent of which comes from Duke University, with the remainder flowing from its $30 million endowment and additional grants. Managing additional fund-raising is a major responsibility of the director. Founded in 1989, the Center annually oversees numerous undergraduate and continuing education courses as well as workshops in the documentary arts. It also collaborates on an MFA program, while supporting cutting-edge documentary work in photography, film and video, narrative writing, community studies, and documentary radio production. Dedicated to the ideals of social and environmental justice, CDS specializes in work that documents diverse, underrepresented voices and that balances community goals with individual artistic expression. The new director should have significant experience as a practitioner, teacher, and leader in the documentary arts, and ordinarily will hold an academic appointment in the appropriate department in Duke's School of Arts and Sciences. Read more:

    DEADLINE: September 1, 2012. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and references to Professor William Chafe, c/o Joan Shipman, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Box 90046, 421 Chapel Drive, Allen Building 104, Durham, NC, 27708.

    Posted on June 14, 2012

    Duke University Archives

    Central America Protest, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, March 25, 1984.

    According to Duke Yearlook:

    Members of the Students for a Democratic Central America counter-protesting a demonstration done by the Central America Solidarity Committee.

    Members of the Central America Solidarity Committee staged a march commemorating the assassination of Salvadorian Archbishop Oscar Romero four years earlier. Both CASC and SDCA distributed leaflets and information to people leaving church services about their respective views on American involvement in Central America.

    Courtesy of Duke University Archives, Durham, North Carolina.

    Posted on June 12, 2012

    Alan G. Pike, Emory University

    The Bulletin 

    This week's Bulletin focuses on recent announcements in publishing and digital scholarship. We hope these posts will provide space for lively discussion and debate regarding these issues.

    • The Modern Language Association (MLA) announced that its journals (PMLA, Profession, and the bulletins of the Association for Departments of English and Association for Departments of Foreign Languages) have adopted new "open-access-friendly" author agreements, which "leave copyright with the authors and explicitly permit authors to deposit in open-access repositories and post on personal or departmental Web sites the versions of their manuscripts accepted for publication." MLA Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal suggested that the change might encourage open access to humanities scholarship more broadly.
    • Also, the American Historical Association announced the establishment of a Task Force on Digital Scholarship to assess the state of digital scholarship in the historical profession, evaluate tenure and promotion practices and graduate training, and issue guidelines for the evaluation of digital scholarship similar to those released by the MLA in 2007. This task force was formed in response to an open letter drafted by graduate students, tenured and non-tenured faculty, and librarians at a THATCamp AHA session in January.
    • On May 24, the University of Missouri announced that it would begin phasing out its press, the University of Missouri Press, beginning in July. The planned shutdown of the press, which was established in 1958 and is known for the collected works of Langston Hughes and series on Mark Twain and Harry S. Truman, has been met with opposition via letters to the editor in Missouri newspapers, a facebook page, and public statements by prominent alums and donors. It is unclear whether these voices will ultimately save the press, as happened with the Louisiana State University Press in 2009.
    Posted on June 7, 2012

    Katie Rawson, Emory University

    Natasha Trethewey interviewing Elizabeth Alexander, 2009.
    Natasha Trethewey interviewing Elizabeth Alexander, 2009. From Southern Spaces.

    This week, Natasha Trethewey was named the United States Poet Laureate. As we celebrate and congratulate her, we wanted to take a moment to share her contributions to Southern Spaces.

    Trethewey has been an important figure in the life of our journal. As well as serving on our board, she co-produces Poets in Place, a series on the site since 2005. Poets in Place presents original videos of poets reading and discussing their poems in locations they write about. Videos of her poems "Elegy for the Native Guards" and "Theories of Time and Space" were published in 2005. Since then, as Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize and became the US Poet Laureate, she continued her commitment to Southern Spaces, interviewing poets, including Elizabeth Alexander, publishing readings of "Congregation" and "Geography," and sitting for an hour long interview in 2010. Below is a bibliography of Trethewey's contributions to Southern Spaces.


    Poets in Place,


    Trethewey, Natasha. "Congregation." September 9, 2010.

    ———. "Elegy for the Native Guards." June 10, 2005.

    ———. "Geography." January 11, 2011.

    ———. "Jake Adam York interviews Natasha Trethewey." June 25, 2010.

    ———. "Theories of Time and Space." June 20, 2005.


    Albergotti, Dan. "Shadows along the Waccamaw." November 24, 2008.

    Alexander, Elizabeth. "Natasha Trethewey interveiws Elizabeth Alexander." December 10, 2009.

    Brown, Jericho. "Naming Each Place." March 4, 2010.

    Hill, Sean. "The Morning with Many Tongues." February 27, 2009.

    Jones, Rodney. "An Absence I Know I Won't Reclaim." January 22, 2009.

    Phillips, Patrick. "Watching the Surface for a Sign." April 14, 2009.

    York, Jake Adam. "A Field Guide to Northeast Alabama." March 7, 2008.