Charlotte Talks: Uncovering A Dark History, Legacy Of Lynching In Mecklenburg County

Apr 30, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

From the Equal Justice Initiative's National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Mecklenburg County is one of 800 counties included in the memorial where lynchings took place.
Credit Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr.

We learn about lynching as a form of racial terror. It happened around the south and here in Mecklenburg County and is the subject of a new exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South.

North Carolina, like elsewhere in the South, has a place in the nation’s dark Post-Civil War history of lynching. There are 4,400 known cases nationwide of these mob killings that mostly targeted African-American men.

There are two documented cases of lynchings in Mecklenburg County – one of which took place where Bank of America stadium now stands. Community historian Michael Moore, who has dug into Charlotte’s history says lynching was used "as a form of racial terror to establish and maintain a racial hierarchy and the subordination of black people."

He and other historians are working to uncover this largely forgotten past. Some of those lost stories are told through a new exhibit at Levine Museum of the New South. They are also hoping to engage the public in a conversation around memorializing this dark history.

We’ll talk with historians about the exhibit and about the legacy of lynching today.

Dr. Willie Griffin and Michael Moore in Charlotte Talks' Spirit Square studio.


Dr. Willie Griffin, Staff Historian, Levine Museum of the New South

Michael Moore, Community Historian

Event: It Happened Here: The Charlotte Remembrance Project Wednesday May 8, 6-8pm at Levine Museum of the New South. Details.

Exhibit: The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America runs now through July 17th at Levine Museum of the New South. Details.