Meet the Author: Philip Dray
Thursday Aug 11 at 7 PM
Boardman Road Branch Library
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In this “impassioned and painfully relevant” history, Pulitzer Prize finalist Philip Dray reconstructs a long-overlooked episode of racialized violence north of the Mason-Dixon Line: the 1892 lynching of a young Black man, Robert Lewis, by a violent mob in Port Jervis, New York. Drawing on previously untapped sources, Dray chronicles a crime that sent shockwaves through the nation, helping to galvanize Ida B. Wells’s anti-lynching crusade and forcing the North to reckon with its own racism, before, over the ensuing decades, it was determinedly and deliberately forgotten. The result is “an illuminating and distressing look at America’s history of racial violence,” and a meditation on what happens when justice is left undone, and the past unresolved.

Philip Dray is the author of several books of American cultural and political history, including At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is an adjunct professor in the Journalism + Design Department at Eugene Lang College. He lives in Brooklyn.