Mellon Foundation Awards $750,000 to the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded recently $750,000 to the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law to support its work in investigating and archiving acts of racial terror in the South between 1930 and the 1970s, explains the annoucement.
The Mellon Foundation grant will be used to deepen the work of the CRRJ Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive, an extraordinary collection of primary source documents as well as still images and interviews on cases of racially motivated homicides between 1930 and 1970 in 12 southern states. CRRJ has identified 2,000 racial homicide cases from 15 southern and border states that it plans to add to the exiting archive of 500 cases. Among those are 100 cases that were previously largely unknown to the public, including the only racial lynching death of a US soldier on a US Army base, the first mob killing of an NAACP officer and the shooting death of a would-be Georgia voter.