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Agnes Scott to join DeKalb County campaign to remember lynching victims

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Agnes Scott to join DeKalb County campaign to remember lynching victims

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Agnes Scott College is uniting with the DeKalb Remembrance Project Coalition to remember DeKalb County’s lynching victims.

The partnership is part of a campaign called “A Journey of Remembrance and Reconciliation,” which will launch in mid September.

According to a recent press release, the campaign will include “symposia at several local colleges and universities, community read projects, a series of interfaith events, and the unveiling of historical markers in the city of Lithonia and in downtown Decatur.”

“Agnes Scott’s mission is to educate our students to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times,” president of Agnes Scott College, Leocadia I. Zak said in a recent press release. “The DeKalb Remembrance Project manifests that mission locally, challenging us to examine our shared past in an effort to create a stronger future.”

In addition to participating in the campaign, Agnes Scott’s Writing and Digital Communication program has its graduate students working to collect oral histories from DeKalb County locals. Their work will be archived as well as put into “Recollections: DeKalb, Georgia’s Legacy of Hate and Hope,” a limited-series podcast that will follow DeKalb’s history of lynching as well as Jim Crow and segregation laws.

As of right now, the podcast will be released in October. Those interested in keeping up with the podcast can follow @recollectionspodcast on social media.

For more information about the DeKalb Remembrance Project Coalition, click here.

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