Essays

This section hosts a series of essays about various aspects of lynching in Virginia. The inaugural essay, by journalist and author Jim Hall, examines ‘The Lynching of Shedrick Thompson‘ in Fauquier County, in 1932.

The second essay, by Jim Hall as well, reports about ‘An Eyewitness Account of Archer Cook Lynching‘.

Dale Brumfield authored the third essay on ‘How Virginia’s ‘Rocket Docket’ Capital Punishment System Exploited Lynching Fear‘.

The fourth essay, by Tom Blair, reconstructs the 1878 ‘Lynching of Charlotte Harris‘ in Rockingham County, and its aftermath.

In another essay, historian James Hagy explores ‘Lynching in Southwest Virginia‘.

Dolores Flamiano, professor in the School of Media, Arts and Design at James Madison University, penned an essay on ‘“Virginia’s Shame”: The 1891 Lynching of Three Black Miners in Clifton Forge