Feb. 12, 2021

Episode 75 True Crime: The History and Black Expulsion of Forsyth County, a Sundown Town

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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