Virtual Tour: Racial Repair, Reconciliation And Redemption

In this tour you will learn about organizations and individuals currently working to heal our nation from slavery’s tragic legacy. You will be exposed to a variety of ideas and methods being tried in communities around the country – and to personal stories.


We recommend starting with the Overview. Then move on to Take the Tour. Click the links to tour those four exhibits in whatever order suits you. The exhibits also contain links for you to follow for additional information. The tour ends with a little Further Reading.

Please return to this page at the end and leave a comment about your tour experience and any improvements you would suggest. Thank you!



Racial Repair and Reconciliation: How Can We Achieve Them?

This exhibit provides a review of the topic through text and videos. It samples processes for repair and reconciliation in use around the country, along with links to books, videos, and websites for deeper understanding and action.


Engene Crawford, center, grandson of lynching victim Anthony Crawford, and his family react during a reconciliation service at Friendship Worship Center Tuesday in Abbeville, S.C. (Mary Ann Chastain / AP)



Take The Tour

Stories of how people around the country are facing history and working to heal themselves, their communities, and their nation:

Service Seeks Reconciliation Over 1916 Lynching

Always In Season: A Film about Lynching and Restoration

Shaking the Family Tree: My Story of Recovery, Repair and Renovation

Life After Hate: A Former White Power Leader Redeems Himself

EJI Invites Volunteers to Commemorate Lynching Victims at Soil Collection Event

The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth


Arno Michaels, former skinhead neo-Nazi, now combats hate.

Arno Michaels, former skinhead neo-Nazi, now combats hate.


Further Reading

DeWolf, Thomas N. and Sharon Morgan. Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade. Boston: Beacon Press, 2013.

DeWolf, Thomas N. Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History. Boston: Beacon Press, 2008.

Robinson, Randall. The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks. New York: Plume, 2001.

Shearer, Tobin M.Enter the River: Healing Steps from White Privilege Toward Racial Reconciliation. Herald Press, 1994.

Wise, Tim J. Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2009.

Comments Are Welcome

Note: We moderate submissions in order to create a space for meaningful dialogue, a space where museum visitors – adults and youth –– can exchange informed, thoughtful, and relevant comments that add value to our exhibits.

Racial slurs, personal attacks, obscenity, profanity, and SHOUTING do not meet the above standard. Such comments are posted in the exhibit Hateful Speech. Commercial promotions, impersonations, and incoherent comments likewise fail to meet our goals, so will not be posted. Submissions longer than 120 words will be shortened.

See our full Comments Policy here.

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