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Shirah Dedman, Phoebe Dedman, and Luz Myles visiting Shreveport, Louisiana, where in 1912 their relative Thomas Miles, Sr., was lynched. 2017. (Photo: Rog Walker and Bee Walker for the Equal Justice Initiative)

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The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America

The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America seeks to spark an honest conversation about the legacy of racial injustice in America. Coordinated in collaboration between the Brooklyn Museum and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the exhibition presents EJI’s groundbreaking research into the more than four thousand racial terror lynchings of African Americans between 1877 and 1950.

The exhibition includes video testimonies from descendants of lynching victims and a former death-row inmate directly affected by the legacy of lynching. The photographers commissioned by EJI to illustrate the oral histories on view include Melissa Bunni Elian, Kris Graves, Raymond Thompson, Andre Wagner, Bee Walker, and Rog Walker. The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America underscores the profound effects of the racial terror committed against Black people and communities, which continue to shape our nation today.

Tour venues will have the opportunity to connect this material to artworks and archival material from their respective collections.

The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and the Equal Justice Initiative.

Tour Schedule with Dates

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania

October 26–December 16, 2018

Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, North Carolina

April 24–August 17, 2019

Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville, Florida

August 24–December 8, 2019