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.


Alphonso Harris

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In a 2010 letter from the FBI to Alphonso Harris’s surviving family, an investigation determined that Harris died in an altercation at an Albany club. The FBI told the Harris family that his death did not appear to be racially motivated, so was not under the purview of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007. However, the Southern Poverty Law Center lists Harris in its display about “the Forgotten”: civil rights martyrs whose deaths remain ambiguous. The SPLC found that Harris was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and he died on Dec. 1, 1966, possibly in connection with his work in organizing a student walkout protest. The SPLC notes that Harris was killed in Georgia because of his civil rights activity.