Community Remembrance Soil Collection Project: Interest Form
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has documented more than 4000 racial terror lynchings in 12 Southern states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950 and over 300 racial terror lynchings in at least eight other states outside of the South. The legacy of racial terrorism and racial terror lynchings in our nation has profoundly impacted our nation's geography, politics, social environment, and economic conditions, particularly for African Americans, in ways that are still evident today. Most critically, lynching reinforced a legacy of racial inequality that has never been adequately addressed in America.

EJI's Community Remembrance Project - which includes our Soil Collection Project, Historical Marker Project, and upcoming Memorial Monument Placement Initiative - was initiated as a campaign to recognize the victims of lynching and create memorials that acknowledge the horrors of racial injustice. Our Soil Collection Project invites community members to collect soil from sites where lynchings took place as personal memorials and public witness to these crimes. We aim to transcend time and altered terrain to bear witness to this history and the devastation these murders wrought upon individuals, families, communities, and our nation as a whole. Through this work, EJI purposes to help our nation confront and recover from tragic histories of racial violence and terrorism and to create an environment where there can truly be equal justice for all.

We are grateful for your interest in joining us and ask that you complete this form to describe how you might want to participate in the Soil Collection Project. An EJI staff member will follow up with you to discuss what opportunities may be available.

EJI Director, Bryan Stevenson, captures the essence of the soil collection efforts in his statement: “In this soil, there is the sweat of the enslaved. In the soil there is the blood of victims of racial violence and lynching. There are tears in the soil from all those who labored under the indignation and humiliation of segregation. But in the soil there is also the opportunity for new life, a chance to grow something hopeful and healing for the future.”

To learn more about the history and legacy of Lynching in America: Confronting Racial Terrorism, please visit our Lynching in America Website at https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/. For Maps detailing the locations and impact of racial terror lynchings, please visit the "Explore" section of our website at https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/explore.

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