Forsyth 1912

Atlanta History Center is embarking on a project to collect the histories of descendants of Forsyth County’s expelled Black residents.

Black residents accused of assaulting white women in Forsyth County. From left to right, Jane Daniel, Oscar Daniel, Toney Howell, Ed Collins, Isaiah Pirkle, and Ernest Knox. DuBose Family Visual Arts Materials, VIS 198.149.001, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center.

In September 1912, white residents in Forsyth County accused three Black men of sexually assaulting Mae Crow, a white woman from the small community of Oscarville. Sheriff Bill Reid arrested Rob Edwards, Ernest Knox, and Oscar Daniel. A mob of white locals lynched Rob Edwards in downtown Cumming while Ernest Knox and Oscar Daniel were executed after being convicted by an all-white jury. White residents forcibly displaced more than 1,000 Black residents from Forsyth County in response to the accusations and informally banned Black people from living there until the 1990s. 

Atlanta History Center is embarking on a project to collect the histories of descendants of expelled Black residents. As part of an initiative to continue research and bring awareness to the events of 1912, we aim to provide resources for descendants to explore and tell their family histories as conversations continue in Forsyth County, and across the country, on how to reconcile with the past. 

Atlanta History Center invites descendants of the displacement to contact them at forsyth1912@atlantahistorycenter.com

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