Lynching in Alabama
Since 1874 there have been over 400 documented lynchings or attempted lynchings of Black men, women, and children in the state of Alabama. These acts of racial violence darkened the soil of every corner of the state yet are almost entirely unknown. Indeed, those who were killed actually died twice — once at the hands of the lynch mob and again when their stories were intentionally hidden from the historic record. This memorial is an ongoing effort to recover those stories in a way that captures not just how they died but how they lived – who they loved, where they worked, who they left behind. Every year the list of victims will grow as we dig deeper into the past. We hope that by sharing their names and histories this project will inspire us to rethink the southern past and bring a measure of justice to these victims.
This map is an ongoing effort to pin over 400 lynchings and attempted lynchings in Alabama from 1874 to 1981. The highlighted counties are ones whose victims have been extensively researched; each year, new counties are selected and researched by the Alabama Memory team.