Reenacting the Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching

Pat Young asked in response to a previous post on whether the battle of the Crater ought to be reenacted whether lynchings should be reenacted.  Well, thanks to Bjorn Skaptason, it turns out at least one has been reenacted as an annual event for the past seven years. The event marks the 1946 lynching of two African American married couples near the Moore’s Ford Bridge over the Apalachee River in Georgia. One of the victims was seven months pregnant. [Additional photos can be found here.]

The video is difficult to watch, but it does address some issues related to questions that have already been raised about the challenges of reenacting any violent event with racial overtones such as the Crater.

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  • Ben Railton Jul 10, 2013

    Wow. Watching now, and, yeah. Wow.

    I suppose if a Crater reenactment originated with USCT historians/descendants, and was planned and designed to focus on precisely that most difficult part of the battle, to force audiences into positions of discomfort and thus perhaps change, I would support it. That idea seems to me to be, if not diametrically opposed to what drives most battle reenactments, at least very different from the more typical starting points.

    Ben

  • Bjorn Jul 10, 2013

    “thanks to Bjorn Skaptason, it turns out at least one has been reenacted as an annual event for the past seven years.”

    Well, I’m not actually behind the re-enactment. :-) I just stumbled upon the video while looking for old footage of the Greensboro Massacre, which is also easy to find, and just as upsetting to watch as it was in 1979.

    People reenact historical events of all types for various reasons. What they do in Walton County, Georgia seems to be intended as a parochial exercise with both civic and religious overtones.

    • Kevin Levin Jul 10, 2013

      Thanks for clarifying that Bjorn. :-)

  • Linda Niesen Jul 10, 2013

    I found this very interesting as I am currently doing some research for a NEH project on Ft. Pillow and Saltville. Massacres? Or is it just war time behavior? Thoughts?

  • Rob Baker Jul 10, 2013

    Man. I live in Georgia and had absolutely no idea this took place. I may have to go next year.

  • Gregg Kimball Jul 12, 2013

    Colonial Williamsburg conducted a reenactment of a slave auction in the 1990s. A quick look in JSTOR reveals a few articles that discuss the event. Christy Coleman, current director of the American Civil War Center, participated in the reenactment and was at that time the head of African American Interpretation at CW if I recall correctly. I was at the event, which was (not surprisingly) controversial and drew some protesters.

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