America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay.”
ALWAYS IN SEASON – For almost a century until the mid-1960s, tens of thousands of ordinary people attended the lynchings of more than 5,000 African Americans that often included torture, mutilation and photography. This form of racial violence occurred in every state across the U.S. but four, and for reasons as arbitrary as sheer boredom. Lynchings were at times highly organized and akin to the sport of hunting, and blacks were “always in season.” Always in Season, a transmedia documentary project, ties the facts of this recent history to the present with a feature film that encourages viewers to consider where their own family stories intersect with this difficult chapter in American history. With the intimate stories of relatives of lynching victims, perpetrators and spectators, along with the collection of photographs and postcards taken with the victims called Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America—Always in Season shows how lynching still affects Americans and follows the efforts of descendants and others who are seeking restorative justice as they work to acknowledge the victims, repair the damage, and reconcile. To learn more about this film, click here.
Ever wonder about the choices you’d make if you were living in this particular time in history?
Always in Season Island is an immersive role-playing environment in the virtual world of Second Life (SL) that offers viewers an experiential look at the choices and circumstances that brought 10,000 men, women and children out in Marion, Indiana on August 7, 1930 to watch the lynching of Abe Smith, Thomas Shipp, and the 16-year old who narrowly escaped, James Cameron. Not only will this interactive 3D environment give visitors insights into the multiple perspectives of many of the people involved in the events in Marion, but they can also learn how to fight racism and hate in the real world while making choices in SL that determine whether or not the virtual world lynching is carried out. To learn more about Always in Season Island, click here.