The Equal Justice Initiative, an American organization “… is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.” The EJI has released an interactive map tracking the number, and location, of lynchings in the U.S. The map (available here) shows that there were over 4,000 lynchings in the American South between 1877 and 1950. While this is depressing, it is important to remember the atrocities of the past to make sure they don’t happen in the future.

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