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.


Killed Over His Car

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Chevy Impala
Dangerous Roads: The Role of Brazier’s Car in his Murder - | By Lucas Buyon | In late 1958 James Brazier walked into the Chevrolet dealership where he worked in Dawson and bought a new Chevy Impala. Brazier and his wife worked multiple jobs: five between them. Together, they saved up enough money to buy two new cars two years apart. However the Braziers felt about [...]
Chevy Impala Taking the Wheel: Consumerism and the Consequences of Black Automobile Ownership in the Jim Crow South - | By Avery C. Suber | After 31-year-old James Brazier left his church that April Sunday and started the ignition of his 1958 Chevrolet Impala, he and his family would never be the same. Even before those fateful events, the Braziers were targets for white violence. Living in the Jim Crow South, whites used economic [...]