Between 1877 and 1950, over 4,000 African-Americas were lynched
in the United States. In 1912, Thomas Miles Sr., a Black
business owner, as lynched n Shreveport, La. for allegedly
passing a note to a White woman. His story is one of many that
have inflicted pain and terror on Black communities throughout
the United States.
Now, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), with the help of
Google, is bringing these stories to life.
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial
Terror is an online interactive project
(lynchinginamerica.eji.org) that sheds light on this horrific
chapter of our history, making the information accessible to
anyone wishing to seek it out. Those who visit the website will
discover the results of years of EJI research and data
regarding the victims and also hear from their descendants.
Through six audio stories and a short documentary, Uprooted,
visitors will learn how these murders have affected the
families and the Black community for generations. As the site
states, lynchings were “public acts of racial terrorism,
intended to instill fear in entire black communities.” More
often than not, they also went unchecked by local governments.
Said EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson, “I don’t
think we can create a generation of people in this country who
are truly free, who are unburdened by this legacy and this
history of racial terror until we do the hard work of
The interactive site is just one project from EJI. In 2018, the
organization is scheduled open a memorial for the victims of
lynching at the From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration Museum
in Montgomery, Ala.