Two witnesses connected with Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) and the reenactments of the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Walton County testify before a grand jury as part of an apparent federal investigation of Brooks.
The longtime lawmaker has served as president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials for the past two decades. An assistant U.S. district attorney confirms that GABEO is not being investigated for any wrongdoing.
Ron Brown, a deacon at First African Baptist Church in Monroe, tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish he believes the investigation is tied to Brooks' involvement with the Moore’s Ford Bridge.
“I got a phone call from an FBI agent (who) asked me some questions about my financial situation, not with GABEO, but the Moore’s Ford issue… had I received any money for any of the volunteer work I’d done,” he says. “We hold the reenactment at our church and did our church receive any money, did our church give any money? And answer to that to all that was ‘no’.”
Robert Howard, who also helps with the reenactments, was also asked to testify. He too believes the investigation is tied to the lynching.
“With Tyrone generating all the publicity that he’s done, I can understand why they’re going after him,” he says.
Brooks believes the FBI is connected with the murders of the two couples. He orchestrates the annual march and reenactment to call attention to the fact that no one was ever arrested in the case.