Last week, we saw a 1-on-1 date with Rachael Kirkconnell, who now seems to be a front runner.
Rachael is from Cumming, Georgia, in Forsyth County. Forsyth County has a long history of racial tensions, including running approximately 1,100 black people out of the county.
Megan does a deep dive into the sundown towns, the history of Forsyth County, the 1912 Black Expulsion, and more recent events in the county’s history.
CONTENT WARNING: lynching, sexual assault.
Links discussed in this episode:
Sundown Town Map - database of sundown towns
Oprah in Forsyth County - clip of Oprah in Forsyth County (1987). Content Warning: Racial Slurs
Books/Media Mentioned in this Episode:
-Blood in the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips
-Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James Loewen
-Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
-Banished (PBS Documentary) Directed by Marco Williams - check your local listings!
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