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.


Jim Crow Justice: Courtroom Clashes

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A Meticulous Advocate for Civil Rights - | By Nicole VanderMeer | Deep into the second day of Hattie Bell Brazier’s lawsuit against the law enforcement officers she believed had beaten her husband to death, her attorney, Donald Hollowell, called his best witness to the stand in a federal courtroom in Americus. Mary Carolyn Clyde had been one of three inmates in [...]
The Judge: A Predictable Outcome in a Segregationist’s Courtroom - | By Dania de la Cruz | Only four months into his lifetime appointment as a federal judge in Southwest Georgia in 1962, J. Robert Elliott came face-to-face with history. Though he was a staunch segregationist – “strident,” one prominent historian would later write[1] – Judge Elliott had managed to win the approval of the [...]