“History,” writes Susan Strasser, “is not a collection of facts, but a way of thinking about how things change…I believe history offers a way for us to become honest with ourselves.”
That’s the spirit with which we approached the difficult fact of lynching. We chose to face it directly, to be curious about our own history, the hidden enormity of the terror, and our own responses to it.
We all have stories to tell, some happier than others, all with something to offer the future. Valeria Gellman and others collected stories from legacy businesses in Arlington, VA and turned them into a delightful WERA series, The Local Shop, as part of an effort to help communities prepare for the change that is coming there.
(This episode first aired on WERA in May 2018. It has been refreshed for distribution, September 2023. For several years, Curiosity to Go segments aired on WERA’s morning show as prelude to upcoming episodes.)
Go ahead, choose to be curious!
For more information on lynching, visit Equal Justice Initiative.
Check out the Choose to be Curious shop!