(CNN)A federal appeals court has ordered the release of transcripts from secret grand jury proceedings dealing with a 1946 race-fueled quadruple slaying that many historians consider the last mass lynching in America.
Activists have for decades sought justice in the Moore’s Ford killings of four black sharecroppers at the hands of an angry white mob in Walton County, Georgia. They’ve employed actors to re-enact the grisly attack. During the annual portrayals, the killers drag the sharecroppers from a car, line them up and open fire, using firecrackers and ketchup for effect.
Numerous books have been written about the killings, including “The Last Lynching: How a Gruesome Mass Murder Rocked a Small Georgia Town” by author and historian Anthony Pitch, who petitioned the court to unseal the records.