Stories From The Soil Exhibit

Unveiled on May 5th, 2019, the exhibit “Stories From The Soil” remembers the lives of the 35 documented victims of racial terror in Fulton County between 1889 – 1936. It serves to create a narrative counter to that of white supremacy by identifying the humanity of the victims and the injustice imposed upon them.

Each mason jar is labeled with the name of a victim (or “Unknown”), the date of the violence, and the community in which the violence took place. We collected the soil from the best-approximated location of the lynching or a location symbolic to the victim during healing ceremonies.

Each ceremony offered space to commemorate the men, women, and children who were lynched in this county, remember our history or terror, and collectively envision a future of peace and reconciliation. The collections are documented here.

Stories From The Soil is on permanent display in the Auburn Avenue Research Library in downtown Atlanta, GA, at 101 Auburn Avenue. This exhibit is inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative.

(This exhibit will be expanded in the future to include an additional racial terror lynching reported from EJI.)