The website, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, features EJI’s full report in both digital and downloadable formats, with more data, information, and analysis than was previously available online. The site brings together EJI’s extensive research and resulting data with the stories of lynching victims, as told by their descendants. Through audio stories and short documentaries like Uprooted, visitors will experience a detailed examination of the tragic legacy of racial terror lynching in America and its continuing impact on families and issues today.
Visitors can also explore interactive maps that include the locations of racial terror lynchings and in-depth profiles of people whose lives were forever altered by these acts of violence. Data visualizations track the Great Migration, a time when millions of African Americans fled the terror of the South to find refuge in the North and West, shaping the demographic geography of our country today.
We are also sharing a high school lesson plan, which will equip educators with tools to thoughtfully teach students about the era of racial terror lynchings and bring this largely unacknowledged history into the classroom.
Lynching in America is meant to foster an honest discussion about our history of racial injustice so that we can better understand the implications of our past for addressing the challenges of the present. We hope that you will visit the website and share these stories with others.
EJI is working to create a national conversation about the legacy of racial terror in America today. Next year, EJI will open the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a national monument commemorating more than 4000 African American victims of lynching, and will open a new museum, From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, which will explore America’s legacy of slavery, racial terror, segregation, and mass incarceration.