The horrific lynchings of Black men, women, and children are often thought to be a racist feature confined to the Deep South. In fact, thousands of lynchings occurred across the United States, and several occurred in Utah: Thomas Coleman was found murdered on what is now the state Capitol grounds in 1866; William Harvey was lynched by a mob of thousands in downtown Salt Lake City in 1883; and Robert Marshall was killed in Price, UT, in 1925. Professor Tabery is part of a team working with Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Cultural Foundation and alongside the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL, to memorialize the victims of these heinous acts and to document both the awful history and ongoing reality of racial violence in America. Soil was collected at the sites of the lynchings of Thomas Coleman and William Harvey on June 11, 2022. Work is now underway to install permanent historical markers at those sites to publicly recognize the crimes and the victims of those crimes.
The University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library hosts an online, virtual exhibit dedicated to telling the stories of the lynching victims and the circumstances surrounding their violent deaths: Racial Lynching in Utah.
Racial Lynching in Utah
Two Black Men Were Once Lynched in SLC. Here’s What We Know About Their Stories”, The Salt Lake Tribune, June 2022
Utah Researchers Put Spotlight on Black Army Veteran's Lynching, KUTV, May 2022
Sema Hadithi Educates, Explores History of Lynching in Utah, KUTV, April 2022