Just off Hwy 80, near Lownesboro, Alabama, is a marker situated in the center of a small gated area. Elmore Bolling’s name is inscribed on the marker. He was a successful black businessman who ran an inclusive business in the Jim Crow South and was known for his philanthropy. In 1947, Elmore was murdered by a group of white men who were angry about Elmore’s success.
Before you hear stories of victims of color line murders, it’s important to understand the history of lynching in America and how lynching became an acceptable act of racial terror in the American South.
Learn more about the history of lynching
Read the report “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror”, by the staff of the Equal Justice Initiative
Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here