Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Journalism (MA)
Second Committee Member
African American History, Black History, Lynching, Northwest Arkansas, Race, Slavery, Washington County
While Northwest Arkansas is considered as diverse and progressive today, it also shares a common history of racial violence, and yet almost unknown, with the Southern United-States. Little is being said about the slave plantations in Elkins, racial cleansing in Springdale, or public spectacle lynchings in Fayetteville. This is because white people who hold political and economic power also control how history is written and decide what is to be learned from their perspectives. Marginalized communities, especially Black people, have not always had agency to tell their own stories. The lynchings of three enslaved males, Anthony, Aaron, and Randall, in Washington county in 1856 for the alleged murder of a white slaveholder is a case in point. Two conflictive narratives about the events surrounding this incident emerged among white and Black residents, the most widely known being the white version. Built on the foundational research conducted by the Washington County Community Remembrance Project, a grassroots organization dedicated to memorializing the lives of the three victims, this paper is a contribution to reclaim the story of Anthony, Aaron, and Randall, by giving precedence to the oral account carried by the Black community. It also discusses the legacy of racial violence of Northwest Arkansas, the unequal power dynamic to control history in dominant-white society, and the importance of public memory of lynching.
Lamy, O. (2021). Racial Terror Lynching in Northwest Arkansas: Recounting of the Story of Three Enslaved Males Lynched in 1856 in Washington County - Documentary. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/4104