New digital project/resource on lynchings between 1877 & 1927 in Virginia

Posted on: April 11, 2018

Gianluca De Fazio, assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies at James Madison University and Kevin Hegg, Director of Digital Projects in JMU Libraries, with assistance from others, have created a digital research project/resource on the history of lynchings in Virginia from 1877 to 1927.

Available online at, this project tells the stories of people who were murdered, stores more than 500 historical newspaper articles describing the lynchings, and provides an interactive map.

De Fazio and Hegg will deliver a talk on this project as part of LET’s Special Collections Speaker Series on Thursday, April 19, from 4 to 5pm, in Carrier Library room 301. All are welcome. Free parking is available in JMU’s Grace Street Parking Deck (levels 2-7), near Carrier Library. More information about the event is at the Facebook event and the LET calendar.

For questions about the project, use the contact form on the project web site. For questions about the Special Collections Speaker Series, contact

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