Our neighbors in DeKalb County working to remember their victims of racial terror have announced an essay contest that is going on right now! If you are attending high school or college in DeKalb, or if a friend, child, or other person close to you is, please consider submitting!
Please follow this link to read Stephannie Stokes’s long audio piece with images about Thomas Finch. It was released in October 2019.
Recently in and around Atlanta, efforts have been made to reshape how we view and understand our history through what is memorialized around us. Last month, in Piedmont Park and other locations, panels were installed that provide more information about when and why monuments glorifying aspects of the Confederacy were erected.
And just last week, a marker was installed in Decatur explaining the ignorant and racist roots of its nearby monument. It is further explained in this AJC article: https://www.ajc.com/news/local/marker-supplies-historical-context-for-dekalb-confederate-monument/3mGyZ6ITzCEGVgz785O1zJ/#
The reasons for this contextualization, rather than the outright removal of the monuments, is because of state law that prohibits their removal, even if local communities do not want them.
The FCRC is dedicated to highlighting untold history that runs counter to the narratives purported by Confederate monuments and “lost cause” mentality. Our Stories From the Soil Exhibit reminds all who see it of the human cost of white supremacy.
We are happy to see our work and that of our allies highlighted in the news a bit ago. Our Stories From the Soil event and exhibit were documented in the AJC on June 20th:
The work of DeKalb County’s group was on the front page of Sunday, June 30th’s AJC! Here’s a screenshot of it:
It’s available in digital form, as well!
During our Palmetto soil collections on April 13th, we were fortunate to have Elliott Robinson of the Creative Tension podcast join us for the ceremony. He recorded parts of the event and interviewed Allison Bantimba about our work and its significance.
Please enjoy this episode diving into the need for Fulton County and everyone to properly remember the history and victims of racial terror in our communities.
Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative has undertaken a massive soil collection project to honor the lives of men, women and children killed by racial violence. We spend time with Allison Bantimba, who heads their Fulton County (GA) Remembrance Coalition, and explore both the importance of this ceremony and the transformative impact of remembering on individuals and communities.