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KSU Students to Excavate Lynching Site
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KENNESAW, GA -- A group of Kennesaw State University archaeology students will join students at the Bauder College Cold Case Research Institute and firearms experts to excavate and conduct the first metal surveys performed on the Walton County site where the bodies of four African-American lynching-by-gunfire victims were found.

The excavation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Under the direction of KSU archaeology professor Terry Powis and Bauder College CCRI director Sheryl McCollum, the team will conduct an archaeological investigation of the site, including an extensive metal survey, the first since an inconclusive FBI investigation following the 1946 crime on the Moore's Ford Bridge in Monroe, Georgia.

A white mob attacked and killed two black couples in their 20s, mutilating the body of one of the four. No one was ever arrested or indicted for the crime. An NBC radio report called the crime "one of the most vicious lynchings to stain our national record."

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