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The Ghosts of Strange Fruit

On May 1, an exhibition on the history of lynching opened at the National Park Service’s Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site in Atlanta. At its frightening center is “Without Sanctuary”-photographs taken at lynchings from the 1880s through the 1940s. It will be in Atlanta through the rest of the year.

As reported on National Public Radio, “the entrance to the exhibit is a small black room with a series of bright white lights. Words to the poem ‘Strange Fruit’ are printed on a wall in stark white letters. A recording of Billie Holiday’s version of the ballad plays in the background…This kind of detailed exhibit never has been shown in the South where a majority of lynchings took place.”

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