The goal of community education is to create opportunities to promote public dialogue about the history of racial injustice and racial terror in our community in order to begin the work of repairing the harms caused from an era of enslavement, an era of racial terror lynching and violence, an era of Jim Crow segregation, and an era of mass incarceration. It is our hope and goal that we will create events and spaces for our community to engage in restorative truth-telling that will help us develop stronger community trust and lay the groundwork for building a more equitable Alamance County.
Collecting soil from the most probable sites of known lynchings is the first public community action in EJI’s process for eventually claiming Alamance County’s memorial monument. This project will include educating the community about the lynchings and the context of racial terror in which they were committed. This phase of the work will culminate in a soil collection ceremony and a public acknowledgment and commemoration of the lives and deaths of Wyatt Outlaw, William Puryear, and John Jeffress.
To watch a video of an EJI Soil Collection Ceremony, click the button below.
Erecting historical markers in our community creates a permanent record of racial terror violence that provides everyone in the community exposure to our shared history of racial injustice. The historical markers provided by EJI detail the narrative events surrounding a specific lynching victim, or group of racial terror lynching victims, and the history of racial terrorism in America.
To watch a video of an EJI historical marker installation, click the button below.
The EJI Museum and Memorial have two copies of the lynching memorial for each county in the country where racial terror lynchings have been documented. The final step of the partnership with EJI involves bringing one of these memorials to Alamance County and erecting it as a lasting reminder of this portion of our shared history as a community.
To learn more about the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, click the button below.