Finding Truth in Reconciliation
The Equal Justice Initiative (Montgomery, AL) has documented more than 4400 lynchings that took place in twelve Southern states and more than 300 lynchings in states outside of the South. The Community Remembrance Project is the first public acknowledgement of these victims.
With the support of EJI, this project is dedicated to remembering the death of Alonzo Tucker, Oregon's only EJI recorded victim of lynching. This website hopes to be a starting place for informing, educating, and inspiring future dialogue about race, racism, and white supremacy in our community.
We hope to find reconciliation and communal healing through a sober reflection on history
PHASES OF REMEMBRANCE
Remembering September 18, 1902
Community members come together to reflect and collect soil from the spot of the lynching. That soil is then displayed at a local exhibit.
A historical marker is installed near the spot of the lynching. One side tells the story of the local lynching victim(s). The other side tells the story of lynching in America as a whole.
Over 800 monuments are located at EJI's National Memorial for Peace and Justice, each representing a county where a lynching took place. There are duplicate monuments that are to be relocated to the county where these lynchings occurred. These monuments serve as a symbol of pride for the counties that have chosen to confront the history of lynching in America.
"We cannot heal the deep wounds inflicted during the era of racial terrorism until we tell the truth about it."