Clinton Adams has never fully escaped the horror he says he witnessed 71 years ago near a remote, wooden bridge that crossed the Apalachee River in rural Walton County. A sudden burst of violence that he and a childhood friend secretly watched. It was late afternoon of July 25, 1946, when a white mob fatally shot two black couples near the Moore’s Ford bridge.
For decades, many speculated the Ku Klux Klan played a part in the unsolved 1946 mob lynching of two young Georgia couples at Moore’s Ford bridge in Walton County, and now documents reviewed by the AJC give credence to that theory.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation re-opened the cold case 17 years ago and buried in the agency’s files is a reference to local Klan rosters unearthed a decade ago. The records reveal at least four suspects from the original FBI investigation were members of the Walton County Klan in the 1930s and 1940s. A fifth man — listed on a 1939 roster as the top local Klan leader — was a prominent white funeral director in Monroe where the victims bodies were first taken immediately after murders.