Traveling with Twain

In Search of America's Identity

Two Marion high school seniors discuss town’s dark past

Our visit to Marion, Indiana was sobering and tense. The last lynching in the North happened here on August 7, 1930, an event immortalized by Lawrence Beitler’s photograph, Abel Meeropol’s political poem and Billie Holiday’s rendition of “Strange Fruit” in song. In the video, Bill Munn, a local historian, shows us the building where the lynching was planned and two Marion high school seniors, Evan Munn and Meredith Kuczora, meditate on their hometown’s history.

Video by Dan

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