Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tennessee Episcopalians add to growing efforts to honor lynching victims

The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee is leading efforts to research and memorialize lynching victims in Nashville and statewide, following in the footsteps of a prominent commission conducting similar racial reconciliation work in Atlanta, Georgia. The Tennessee diocese, which covers the geographic middle third of the state, created its Task Force on Anti-Racism last year, and one of its first projects has been to shed new light on the racial violence buried deep in Nashville’s past. This initial focus on remembering lynching victims culminated June 7 in a Eucharistic service and memorial litany for three named victims and others whose identities are lost to history. The task force aims to expand its work from Davidson County to the rest of the diocese. More than 200 lynchings occurred within the diocese’s current boundaries, including an estimated 162 lynchings in counties with at least one Episcopal congregation, task-force co-chair Natasha Deane said in an interview with Episcopal News Service. The initial focus is local, though the Diocese of West Tennessee and Diocese of East Tennessee also are invited to join in the effort. “Telling these stories plays a role in both education and in healing racial wounds, because when a piece of a story isn’t told, it’s a lot like undiagnosed illness,” said Deane, a retired Vanderbilt University Medical Center researcher. The racial wound “only gets worse.”

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Glad the church is spear-heading this necessary, and painful, history. These important publications are new to me, and I need to know about the disgusting pieces of our collective past in order to participate in spreading the word. Parishoner, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline, MA
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