Moore’s Ford Mass Lynching of 1946: Fire in a Canebrake by Laura Wexler

I’ve focused so much of my energy on researching the ancestry of the Askews that I’d totally neglected my research of the Moore’s Ford Mass Lynching of 1946.  After watching Murder In Black and White: Moore’s Ford, I believe it’s time for me give this event and its aftermath a bit more attention.


Moore’s Ford Bridge by the Associated Press (AP)

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Project Roots: Askew – 1920 U.S. Federal Census

1920 U.S. Federal Census – Georgia, Clayton, Jonesboro, District 64
Sheet No. 3B – Enumerated on 20 January 1920
Roundtreeb(?) Road

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My grandfather, Lish Askew, was only 12 years old on the date of enumeration for this census year. Life is indeed fleeting, but witnessing just how fleeting it is on paper just makes me want to live my life out loud and regret nothing. Ten years after this enumeration, granddaddy was married and the head of his own household. What dreams, hopes, and wishes flowed through the mind of this 12 year old boy who was going to school and working as a farm laborer in the Jim Crow South?

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It’s me, and I’m back!


Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post.  From December 2019 to December 2021, I’ve had two major surgeries, with what seemed like a barrage of steroid injections in between.  Add in some physical therapy, and it’s a recipe for discomfort and chaos.  I’d lost my drive, and desire to pursue any research.  Not to mention, it was difficult to find the time.  I was seriously ready to throw in the towel.  As a matter of fact, part of me actually had thrown in the towel.

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