In order to heal the wounds of our present, we must face the truth of our history.
After slavery was abolished, lynching became a tool of control to reestablish white supremacy and suppress Black civil rights. Between 1877 and 1950, more than 4,000 African Americans were lynched, including the lynching of George Taylor. His is the only recorded lynching in Wake County, NC. The history of lynching in the United States remains with us all, even as it goes largely unspoken and unacknowledged. This series of community conversations is an opportunity to learn together with humility and courage...confronting the darker moments of our past so that we might positively impact the present moment with knowledge and action where we live.