Focus - Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America

According to experts, thousands of people – across many walks of life – were lynched by violent mobs in America between 1882 and 1968. These individuals were hanged, burned, mutilated, tortured and killed without any consideration for justice and without a shred of mercy.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is hosting the exhibit ''Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America,'' from January 19 through May 31, 2010. This exhibit displays – the often graphic – photographs of the victims who were brutally murdered during this time. Some photos even feature individuals who appear to be proudly responsible for the lynching.

On this episode of Focus, guests explore what we can learn from this dark period in American history, and what we can do to make sure it never occurs again. They also discuss the controversies surrounding the exhibit and why the Freedom Center and its partners felt that this year was the ideal time to present the exhibit.

This exhibit was made possible through the Freedom Center's partnership with BRIDGES For A Just Community, the Ohio and Kentucky Chapters of the NAACP and the Urban League of Cincinnati, as well as numerous regional civic, faith-based, cultural and community organizations.

For additional information about ''Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America'' visit the website.

Length: 
30 minutes
Date Recorded: 
02/04/2010