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.


Fatal Neglect: Jim Crow Medical Care

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A Diagnosis of Bias: The Impact of White Supremacy on the Healthcare of James Brazier - | By Erika Burgess | Dr. Charles McCuin Ward arrived in the small town of Dawson, Georgia, in 1955 as a young, single man, only three years out of the Medical College of Georgia. A native of Calhoun County, Georgia, Dr. Ward left his position as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy to open [...]
Callous Medical Care? The Doctor Who Would “Rather Not Know” - | By Ali Chetkof and Scott Schlafer | Dr. Charles Ward arrived at the Terrell County Jail in Dawson, on Sunday, April 20, 1958, at about 9:30 p.m. to examine a new inmate, James Brazier. Dawson police had requested that he examine Brazier. Ward, who with his medical partner was appointed by the county and [...]