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.


The Investigators: The FBI and the NAACP

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Reverend Amos O. Holmes: Fighter for Freedom - | By Erica Sterling |  In the hands of Reverend Amos O. Holmes was a letter, one that had been passed along a line of trusted individuals until arriving in the office of the Terrell County Branch of the NAACP in Dawson. The letter was written by Mary Carolyn Clyde, a female prisoner in the [...]
Thwarted in Terrell County: How Federal Protocol and Georgia Law Hampered the FBI’s Investigation of James Brazier’s Murder - | By Nathaniel Meyersohn & Hannah Coleman | On April 23, 1958, Odell Brazier appeared at the FBI’s field office in Atlanta. His son, thirty-two-year-old James Brazier, lay in critical condition in a Columbus, Georgia, hospital after suffering a brutal beating at the hands of local law enforcement officials following his arrest three days earlier. [...]