Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A. in Documentary Expression

Department

Southern Studies

First Advisor

Andrew Harper

Second Advisor

John Rash

Third Advisor

David Wharton

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

The role of silence is explored with regard to how two lynchings in North Mississippi have, or have not, been memorialized. L.Q. Ivy was lynched in Union County in 1925. Despite several newspaper articles over the decades since the lynching has occurred his death is not acknowledged in the local history narrative, nor is it memorialized with a marker. Elwood Higginbottom was lynched in neighboring Lafayette County in 1935 and, despite a silence that has persisted for decades, has recently been memorialized. The process of memorializing Higginbottom’s lynching and what it has meant to the family is compared to the continuing silence around Ivy. In addition, the development of a MFA project incorporating an experimental “illustrated audio” piece and website is described.

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