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.
stimulated by its proximity to Atlanta and appeal as a commuter base for people working there.
The influx of high-earning professionals has increased the average income dramatically; in 2008 Forbes ranked the county as the 31st-wealthiest in the United States in terms of median household income.
But two black youths under the age of 18 were quickly convicted by all-white juries and executed by hanging.
Georgia State Route 400 opened in 1971 and was eventually extended through the county and northward; it stimulated population growth as residential housing was developed in the county and it became a bedroom community for people working in Atlanta, which had expanding work opportunities.
The opening of Georgia State Route 400 also spurred industrial growth in the South West portion of the county, starting in the early 1970s.
Flooding occurred in 2013, and severe drought again in 2016.
Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been in a tri-state water dispute since 1990 over apportionment of water flow from Lake Lanier, which forms the eastern border of the county and is regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers as a federal project.