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 the latest essay, historian James Hagy explores ‘Lynching in Southwest Virginia‘.