117 years later, new WABE documentary reckons with horrors of the Atlanta Race Massacre, more victims uncovered

An artistic depiction of the 1096 Atlanta Race Massacre. (Courtesy of the Atlanta History Center)

Friday marks 117 years since the notorious Atlanta Race Massacre, when white mobs stormed several of the city’s Black neighborhoods, attacking people and destroying businesses and property. Dozens were murdered.

This month, two new victims — 25-year-old Stinson Ferguson and 13-year-old Marshall Carter were identified using Fulton death records. They died Sept. 22, 1906.

To honor their memories and others who still remain missing, WABE and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will premiere a new co-created documentary that spotlights a period before Atlanta was known as the city “too busy to hate.”

 “(Re) Defining History: Uncovering the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre” will premiere at the Center and then be broadcast on WABE-TV this Sunday, Sept. 24th

Darrin “DJ” Sims is the director of the Center’s Truth and Transformation Initiative, which addresses people and events in our city that have not been recognized or memorialized.

Sims joined WABE’s “Morning Edition” live to discuss why the 1906 massacre is a defining moment in Atlanta and the nation’s history, but is largely unknown today.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.