Stories From The Soil Exhibit

Unveiled on May 5th, 2019, the exhibit “Stories From The Soil” remembers the lives of 35 documented victims of racial terror in Fulton County between 1889 – 1936. It serves to create a narrative counter to that of white supremacy by identifying the humanity of the victims and the injustice imposed upon them.

Each mason jar is labeled with the name of a victim (or “Unknown”), the date of the violence, and the community in which the violence took place. We collected the soil from the best-approximated location of the lynching or a location symbolic to the victim during healing ceremonies.

Each ceremony offered space to commemorate the men, women, and children who were lynched in this county, remember our history or terror, and collectively envision a future of peace and reconciliation. Visit the Community Remembrance Project page for more information about individual victims and their collection ceremonies.

Stories From The Soil is on permanent display in the Auburn Avenue Research Library in downtown Atlanta, GA, at 101 Auburn Avenue. This exhibit is inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative.

(This exhibit will be expanded in the future to include an additional racial terror lynching reported from EJI.)

Stories From The Soil Event

November 3, 2019

Following our initial unveiling earlier this year, the FCRC will be holding a grand opening of our Stories From the Soil exhibit with performances, speakers, and thoughtful discussion surrounding the importance of remembering those lost in our community to white supremacy and racial terror, from long ago in the past to today.

Public Unveiling

May 5, 2019

The unveiling of the “Stories From The Soil” exhibit on May 5, 2019 was a fantastic event with speakers (including Dr. David Anderson Hooker); a expressive performance by Interplay Atlanta’s Soulprint Players in remembering the names of victims, their stories, and the narrative of injustice that continues today; and time for appreciating the work completed thus far in recognizing the human cost of racial terror and white supremacy in Fulton County.

A video of part of the ceremony is on the Auburn Avenue Research Library's Facebook page.