They settled in the territory that would become Forsyth County and throughout upper Georgia and Alabama, also having settlements or towns in present-day Tennessee and western North Carolina.
Whites afterward harassed and intimidated blacks in Forsyth and neighboring counties.
Within weeks, they forced most of the blacks to leave the region in fear of their lives, losing land and personal property that was never recovered.
During the 1950s and '60s, there were no "colored" water fountains in the courthouse or "whites only" diners in the county seat, Cumming; there was no black population to segregate.
During the 1950s, with the introduction of the poultry industry, the county had steady economic growth but remained largely rural and all white in population.
Governor of Georgia from 1827–1829 and Secretary of State under Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.
For many years, much of this hill country was farmed by yeomen farmers, who owned few or no slaves.After two different incidents in September 1912, in which black men were alleged to have raped white women, tensions rose in the county.In the first case, a black preacher was assaulted by whites for suggesting that the alleged victim may have been having a consensual relationship with a black man.Almost every single one of Forsyth's 1,098 African Americans — prosperous and poor, literate and unlettered — was driven out of the county. Marauding residents wielded guns, sticks of dynamite, bottles of kerosene.Then they stole everything, from farmland to tombstones.They shot him and hanged his body on the town square.