I write here not in direct response to the forum essay but as a general rumination. I use this space to reflect on how lynching, the ultimate act of racial terrorism, is positioned as trauma of the past. For many of us, and me specifically as a Black woman with familial roots in the South, the act of lynching has very complex meanings. I retrace and recount my time at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and participating in the 2019 SSCA panel by thinking about other parallel and temporally separated moments that followed me I as navigated the space.

As I walked with other SSCA members that chilly Saturday morning, people all around me were buzzing about what we were headed to experience. Expectations and anticipation were high, people were sharing tidbits they read about the memorial, information relayed from past visitors, hopes of what they might see,...

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