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.



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“You Can’t Tell the Truth”: The Changing Story of Mary Carolyn Clyde - | By Ami Fields-Meyer | On the night of April 20, 1958, Mary Carolyn Clyde was awake in her cell in the Terrell County Jail when she saw Dawson Police Officers Weyman B. Cherry and Randolph E. McDonald remove James Brazier from his cell in the jail’s women’s quarters. The officers brought Brazier – blindfolded [...]
Irene Gladden: From Crucial Eyewitness to a Young Death - | By Jordan Friedman | Irene Gladden sat quietly in her jail cell at Terrell County Jail during the evening of April 20, 1958. Her roommate, Mary Carolyn Clyde, was staring out the jail cell window. Suddenly, Clyde saw something that caught her attention. “Come here,” she said to Gladden. “They bringing a man in.” [...]
Silencing Witnesses: The Marvin Goshay Story - | By Lily Weinberg | As 21-year-old Marvin Goshay walked through the streets of Dawson on a hot August day in 1958, Police Officer Weyman Cherry abruptly stopped him.[1] Goshay, who had been an eyewitness the night James Brazier was taken from jail and beaten four months earlier, had been subpoenaed to testify before the [...]