Memory And The Atlanta Child Murders
It’s been 35 years since a prime suspect was named in the disappearance and murder of nearly two dozen black children in Atlanta. The incident came to be known as the Atlanta Child Murders. Wayne Williams was named by law enforcement as the killer and he’s currently serving a life sentence for other crimes. “Serial Black Face,” a new play at the Actor's Express Theatre in Atlanta, explores the trauma for African-American families during this time.
“I grew up in Atlanta in 1979. I was 9 years old and two of the children who were abducted were students of my elementary school. So for me, this was really me writing my coming of age story,” Tayari Jones, author of “Leaving Atlanta.”
We speak with playwright Janine Nabers, novelist Tayari Jones, and Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Dale Russell about our cultural memory of the Atlanta Child Murders and how artists conceptualize the events for a modern-day audience.
And we asked: Were you an Atlanta resident during the two-year child murder spree? What do you remember about that time?