September 4, 2001
Lynching exhibit set for 2002
Emory and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site have formed
a collaborative partnership to present an exhibition on the history of
lynching throughout the United States from the 1870s to 1960s. The exhibition
will run May 1Dec. 1, 2002, and will be mounted in the Martin Luther
King Jr. National Historic Site. Additionally, Emory faculty and staff
will start the development of educational materials and programs to accompany
The partnerships centerpiece, a collection of photographs and postcards
owned by Atlanta collectors James Allen and John Littlefield that depict
lynchings in the United States, is currently on long-term loan at Emory.
Many of the images appear in the book Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography
in America. This will be the first public exhibition of the material
in the South. Items from the collection previously appeared in New York
and will open at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in September.
Joseph Jordan, director of the Sonja Haynes Jones Black Cultural Center
at the Univer-sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former director
of the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, will return to Atlanta
to serve as curator of the exhibition.
President Bill Chace announced in March the Universitys decision
to sponsor the exhibits installation after considering a report
from a committee of Emory staff, students and faculty charged with engaging
the campus and larger community in a dialogue about such an exhibition.
Several campus and public forums were held last fall to decide the best
forum for presenting the material.
We think the partnership between Emory, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Joseph Jordan will result in the intellectual, psychological and educational engagement of the entire city with this pain-filled period of American history, Chace said.