The Terror of a Racial Cleansing in Georgia

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A Forsyth County, Ga., sheriff deputy watches two robed members of the Rebel Knights of the Ku Klux Klan walk past during a demonstration at the county courthouse in Cumming, Georgia Saturday, 7/15/95

104 years ago in the largely African American community of Forsyth, Georgia, three black men were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. All three men were executed, and following their deaths, white “night riders” launched violently drove all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. In Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, Patrick Phillips traces the history of racial violence in Georgia, and looks at how Forsyth County remained “all white” into the 1990s.

Event: Patrick Phillips will be in conversation with Tiphanie Yanique and signing books at Book Court (163 Court Street, Brooklyn) on Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m.