Race and Reckoning in Forsyth County

1912-2020

The Bloody Roots

Digital image of black and white photograph taken in the late 19th century, scanned by the University of Georgia Libraries in 1999 as part of GALILEO.||Photograph of African American man and woman standing in a cotton field.
Digital image of black and white photograph taken in the late 19th century, scanned by the University of Georgia Libraries in 1999 as part of GALILEO.||Photograph of African American man and woman standing in a cotton field.
Digital image of black and white photograph taken in the late 19th century, scanned by the University of Georgia Libraries in 1999 as part of GALILEO.||Photograph of African American man and woman standing in a cotton field.

Although the Civil War (1861-65) ended enslavement, violence against Black citizens continued across the South. After Reconstruction collapsed in the 1870s and federal soldiers left the state, racial violence became more common. Despite these obstacles, Forsyth County had a relatively prosperous Black community in 1912.