Mapping Racial Violence in America
The archive utilizes web-based tools to gather, relay and engage historical racial violence, its legacy, and remedy. The map below displays incomplete counts of major events of race-related political violence in the United States from the 1870 to the late 1970s. Event data are shown in a heatmap of U.S. counties. Shading represents the intensity of historical racial violence in a specific county, as indicated by record counts in the current event database (data collection is ongoing). It is important to stress this map does not present actual total counts of relevant events in areas of the United States. A precise count is unattainable given limits of the historical record. Rather, the map charts event records contained in the growing event database. The collection has focused initially on attacks targeting black American in the Southeastern states of MS, NC, and LA.
The national map above will become more detailed as data collection continues. Additional maps focusing on specific state histories with more event detail and interactive database features will also be added as the project develops.
Help Document Racial Violence
Are events of historical racial violence you are aware of missing here? Are you interested in working with us to document histories of racial violence? Use the link below to contact the project.