‘Lynching in America’ Presents Painful Truth About Slavery, Murder

Interactive experience seeks to foster authentic conversation about lynching in hopes of improving equality for all

by Shantell E. Jamison, September 22, 2017

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A nonprofit organization is revisiting a painful reality of American history.

“Lynching in America,” presented by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), seeks to change the narrative regarding race in the country in hopes of advancing equality for all.

As part of the project, the EJI conducted extensive research on the period between the Civil War and World War II, when more than 4,000 African-Americans were lynched in the country. The group then published its findings in a report, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, as part of an interactive experience inspired by the findings.

“This project tells the story of racial terror in America and explores how its legacy continues to shape our nation today,” the project’s website states. “By creating a digital experience for a wide audience, EJI hopes to spark an honest conversation about our history of racial injustice that begins a process of truth and reconciliation.”

The Equal Justice Initiative was founded in 1989 by public interest lawyer and best-selling author, Bryan Stevenson. The organization is committed to challenging racial and economic injustice and providing legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced and abused in state jails and prisons.

Click here to experience “Lynching in America.”

 
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