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.


Remembering John Carroll, a superb journalist and one of our generous supporters

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We lost one of the finest journalists of our time — and a generous supporter of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project — when John Carroll passed away in Lexington, Kentucky, on June 14. A vigorous, healthy man, John was diagnosed in January with Creutzfeldt-Jakob, a rare disease that rapidly triggers progressive dementia. He was 73.

John, who developed his newspaper bug from his father, Wallace Carroll of The New York Times and the Winston-Salem Journal, had come out of The Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom to become top editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, then the Baltimore Sun, then The Los Angeles Times. He was a tough journalist, as you will read below, but as graceful and gracious as anyone I’ve known. He inspired his reporters and editors to do more, to reach higher, to excel. His strong journalistic values were tested time and again. He was willing to adapt to the ever-changing demands on newsrooms, but he believed deeply in core journalistic principles and proved willing to quit before sacrificing his integrity.

The first week we launched this Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project website ( in early January 2015, John jumped in with a contribution. That was a lovely surprise; I had mentioned the project to John and told him about the wonderful work our students were doing, but only in passing when we crossed paths at an editors’ conference in Chicago last fall. His gift came unsolicited by anything other than the blue button on our website seeking donations.

Here are some tributes to this great man:

From Nieman Reports at Harvard:

From The Washington Post:

From The New York Times:

From NPR:

From the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Our prayers are with John’s wife, Lee and his children. The good news is that news organizations across the globe are populated by journalists who learned from John and who carry his legacy forward.

— Hank Klibanoff