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About Us

Alabama Memory is an ongoing attempt to capture the lives of the over 400 cases of lynching or attempted lynching victims in the state of Alabama. This is a different kind of lynching  history. Based at the University of Alabama and inspired by the work of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, it asks not only why and where these men, women, and children were killed, but who they were before they died – who they loved, where they worked, where they were born, and whom they left behind. 

Alabama Memory launched in January 2017 with an initial dataset focused on lynching victims in Alabama between 1877 and 1945.  The data came from research published by Equal Justice Initiative, the Tuskegee Institute, the CSDE Lynching Database, and Monroe Work Today. We have expanded that initial dataset with multiple previously undiscovered lynchings and attempted lynchings

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Alabama's Story

The central purpose of Alabama Memory is to recapture the history of the over 400 lynchings or attempted lynchings of Black men, women, and children between 1874 and 1981. Based at the University of Alabama and inspired by the work of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, it asks not only why and where these victims were killed, but who they were when they lived — who they loved, where they worked, where they were born, and whom they left behind. 

The goal of Alabama Memory is not just to recapture the lives of the many Alabamians lost to the lynching but also explore how we reseach and tell these stories. This work is innately personal and each researcher’s story is unique and integral to retelling these stories. Check out our ‘Our Story” page to learn about the history of Alabama Memory, our methodology, and the stories of our researchers.

Alabama Memory does not end with this website. We have expanded our work into other colleges; built digital memorials to lynching victims; and created high school classes based on our research. If you are interested in learning more or helping out, please read through our Your Story section

Meet the Team

Alabama Memory is driven by undergraduates. Working with professors, graduate Students, community leaders, other college students, and high schoolers, they spend hundreds of hours scouring the records for clues about the life and death of lynching victims. All devote at least one semester to the project; some have worked on it for years. Collectively they form the only college class dedicated to researching lynching history for a full semester in the nation. 

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