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Georgia lynching, grave sites and Hard Labor Lake open for tours

A long caravan of cars led by a Walton County Sheriff’s police vehicle followed by a hearse winds through the back roads in a part of Georgia that few know. It is like you are stepping back in time as you drive past vast open fields and on lonely Georgia roads. Along the way, the drivers will pass by a sign announcing the location of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Some say that the park was named by the slaves who worked the land in the area and others by the Cherokee Indians who noted that the earth was too hard to farm. Nearby there are remnants of a small community, now the buildings are collapsed and covered in vines. The area was a rural farming community serving white landowners and their black sharecroppers.


Georgia lynching, grave sites and Hard Labor Lake open for tours
Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynchings (Photo credit: Mo Barnes for Steed Media)

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