Professor Gianluca De Fazio just published an article titled “Improving Lynching Inventories with Local Newspapers: Racial Terror in Virginia, 1877-1927“, in which he discusses some of the findings of the Racial Terror project. The article appears in the latest volume of the academic journal Current Research in Digital History and shows how the use of local newspapers improved the existing Virginia lynching inventories. Most importantly, it highlights how white lynching victims were previously over-counted and attempts to provide an explanation of why this was the case.
A new essay, ‘“Virginia’s Shame”: The 1891 Lynching of Three Black Miners in Clifton Forge, by JMU Professor Dolores Flamiano, is now available on the website. In this essay, professor Flamiano examines the role of lynching photographs in reinforcing lynching narratives in white newspapers, as well as in contrasting them in black newspapers.
Professor Gianluca De Fazio was interviewed about the Racial Terror project by the Virginia Humanities Foundation. The interview was published online on May 3rd, 2019 as part of the radio program ‘With Good Reason’. You can listen to the whole episode dedicated to explore American Terrorism here.
On March 9, 2019, Professor Gianluca De Fazio will present a paper at the CRDH Conference at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. The paper, titled “Improving Lynching Inventories with Local Newspapers: Racial Terror in Virginia, 1877–1927”, discusses some of the findings of the lynching project. You can find the Conference Program here.
Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, sponsored a Senate joint resolution asking the General Assembly to “acknowledge with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching within the Commonwealth and call for reconciliation among all Virginians.” As part of the resolution, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission and the Department of Historic Resources together would pick sites for markers to document lynching, whose victims were primarily African-American. The identification of lynching victims will be based upon the Racial Terror website. You can read more in this article by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily has also interviewed Professor De Fazio about lynching in the Historic Triangle and the legacy of racial violence in the US South.
I’m delighted to announce that we have just added a new Essays section to the website. In this section, a variety of authors will contribute to our understanding of lynching in Virginia through their analyses of specific aspects of lethal mob violence in the Commonwealth. The first published essay is ‘The Lynching of Shedrick Thompson‘ by journalist Jim Hall, author of the book “The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia: Seeking Truth at Rattlesnake Mountain”. In this essay, Hall describes the barbaric lynching of Shedrick Thompson in Fauquier County in 1932, and the following cover up by authorities to make it pass for a suicide. Other essays will be published in the next few months.
Kevin Hegg will deliver a presentation titled “Lynching In Virginia: Using Digital Tools To Tell Almost Forgotten Stories” at the Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice Community Conference, which will take place at Lehigh University from April 20 to 22, 2018. Kevin will be part of the “Justice? (What Justice?) Voices and Stories” panel on Sunday morning. Follow the conference on Twitter (@MDHI_Lehigh) and Facebook.