A Mulberry Summer

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Trafford Publishing, 2002 - Fiction - 156 pages
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On July 25, 1946, four black citizens, two male and two female, were executed by a mob at Moore's Ford Bridge over the Appalachee river in Walton County, Georgia. Twenty to 25 white men armed with pistols, rifles, shotguns and even a machine gun shot them hundreds of times in broad daylight.

Incredibly, no one was ever charged with the murders. "The best people in town won't talk," said then Major William E. Spence, of the Georgia State Patrol. The murders were never solved, but the current Governor of Georgia has ordered a new investigation.

That tragedy really happened.

A Mulberry Summer did not. A series of articles about the actual killings appeared in the Walton Tribune published in Monroe, Georgia, and they became the inspiration for this tale. The question was how and why such a senseless and brutal incident could ever have occurred. There were no factual answers then, and there are none in this story. There never was a Birdie Lee Johnson, or a Mattie Lou Herndon, or a Judge Spencer Tolliver, or a Billy James Bradley, but you may have known people like them.

 

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Contents

Authors note
11
1945
13
Chapter Two
18
Chapter Three
23
Chapter 4
27
Chapter 5
33
Chapter 6
37
Chapter 7
40
Chapter 17
78
Chapter 18
84
Chapter 19
88
Chapter 20
92
Chapter 21
95
Chapter 22
99
Chapter 23
102
Chapter 24
107

Chapter 8
44
Chapter 9
47
Chapter 10
51
Chapter 11
56
Chapter 12
61
Chapter 13
67
Chapter 14
71
Chapter 15
75
Chapter 16
76
Chapter 25
111
1997
115
Chapter 27
123
Chapter 28
127
Chapter 29
132
Chapter 30
139
Chapter 31
145
Chapter 32
151
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About the author (2002)

James Reed Blakeney was born in rural Pickens County, Alabama and grew up during the bleak days of the Great Depression. As a 13-year-old boy, he watched his older brothers leave for Europe to take their places in the ranks of the Allied Forces during World War Two. He came of age in the aftermath of that conflict.

He has been active in the fields of education and industry. He is a published poet and is president of a medical gas and equipment company. He is very much a product of the times and events depicted in A Mulberry Summer.

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