I went to the Lynching Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama today. Each hanging block represents a county in a southern state and has the names of the victims and the date of their deaths. Some blocks had hundreds of names.
This is an especially powerful statement.
My father, Henry Fonda, watched this lynching in Omaha from his father’s office window which overlooked the square where it happened. It left a deep and lasting impression on the 12-year-old boy. He later went on to make anti-racist film like “Young Mr Lincoln,” “Twelve Angry Men,” and an anti-lynching movie, “The Ox-Bow Incident.”