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Rescheduled presentation about 1927 lynching

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BANGOR On Thursday, Feb. 26, five Orono High School students will join writer and historian Stephanie Harp for 'The 1927 Project,' a presentation about an early 20th-century lynching in Little Rock, Arkansas. (The presentation, planned for earlier in the month, was rescheduled due to weather.) In 2013, Harp traveled to Arkansas to join descendants and relatives of those connected to the lynching to present historical and personal perspectives on what happened. 'The 1927 Project' will recreate that community discussion at the Orono High School-Middle School library, 6-7:30 p.m. The evening is free and open to the public.

Since this presentation was originally scheduled, the Equal Justice Initiative has published its list of 4,000 lynchings across 12 Southern states, U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves of Mississippi has sentenced three white men to long prison terms for the murder of a black man and the FBI is investigating a 1946 mass lynching at Moore's Ford Bridge, in Georgia. White violence against African Americans is not new nor is it confined to the pages of history.

'The public discussion in Little Rock was the first to include family members of so many major figures in the 1927 events,' Harp said. 'The wounds from this lynching are still very raw in Little Rock. We all gain a better understanding of today's news by looking at its roots in the past.' Harp holds a master's degree in U.S. history from the University of Maine, where the lynching was her research topic, and a bachelor's degree in English from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia. She has published journalism, creative nonfiction and book reviews and has presented her research and writing in Maine, North Carolina and Arkansas. Harp will be joined by Orono High School honors, drama, speech and debate students Emily Noyes, Tom Boss, Erin Luthin, Elsa Jolliffe Saunders and Jessie Walker.

The Maine Arts Commission awarded Harp a Good Idea Grant for professional transcription of the discussion and of more than 13 hours of oral history interviews she conducted in Little Rock for her book-in-progress. The Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Little Rock presentation was supported by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (207) 852-6746


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