Elegy for Mary Turner: An Illustrated Account of a Lynching

Author(s): Rachel Marie-Crane Williams

Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs

In late May 1918 in Valdosta, Georgia, ten black men and one black woman, Mary Turner, eight months pregnant at the time, were lynched and tortured by mobs of white citizens. Through hauntingly detailed full-color artwork and collage, Elegy for Mary Turner names those who were killed, identifies the killers, and evokes a landscape in which the NAACP investigated the crimes when the state would not, when white citizens baked pies and flocked to see black corpses, and when black people fought to make their lives and their mourning matter. With introductions from C. Tyrone Forehand, great grand-nephew of Mary and Hayes Turner, whose family has long campaigned for the deaths to be remembered; abolitionist activist and educator Mariame Kaba, reflecting on the violence visited on black women's bodies; and historian Julie Buckner Armstrong, who opens a window onto the broader scale of lynching's terror in American history.


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General Fields

  • : 9781788739047
  • : Bloomsbury
  • : Verso Trade
  • : March 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Rachel Marie-Crane Williams