Georgia Cold Cases

The Georgia Cold Cases Project at Emory University investigates racially motivated civil rights-era murders that took place in the state from the end of World War II to the late 1960s. These are the cases that students have examined, are examining, or will examine in the future. If you have information about any of these cases, or would like to notify the project about a case we may not have listed, please contact us.

This is a map showing the location of all of the cases currently under investigation by the project. You can click on each one to learn more about each case.


A Widow Fights Back

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Feminism in the Jim Crow Justice System: Hattie Brazier Battles the Odds - | By Rupsha Basu | “Bubba, why don’t you go on and get in the car,” were the words that Hattie Bell Brazier uttered to futilely urge her husband to comply with the two City of Dawson police officers W.B. Cherry and Randolph McDonald.[1] As the officers handcuffed James Brazier and whisked him away to [...]
Through the Eyes of a Wife: Hattie Bell Brazier’s Account of Life Before and After Her Husband’s Death - | By Christa Nutor | “Hattie Brazier was a seamstress, wife and mother of four children who, through a series of violent family confrontations with policemen in Dawson, Georgia, in the late 1950s, was moved to make bold, risky, heat-of-the-moment decisions that challenged the essence of white authority in the Jim Crow South.”[1] On a humid [...]