Commemorating Victims of Racial Terror and Reconstructing Narratives

Black Cherry Tree

What is TBCTP?

The Black Cherry Tree Project addresses racial reconciliation through the memorialization of the 33 African-Americans who were lynched in Jefferson County between the mid to late 1800’s and the mid 1900’s. This project is centered in Birmingham, Alabama, proposing the introduction of an annual day of commemoration for those lynching victims. Our goal is to use art to encourage productive dialogue around race and justice, highlight local artists and Black-owned businesses, in the spirit of community unification. Interested artists can apply via this website to create one (or more) of the 33 dolls - one representing each individual that was lynched. These dolls will be publicly revealed at local businesses in which Black-owned businesses will be prioritized. 33 effigial black cherry tree saplings will also be planted locally in commemoration of each victim.

This project is supported by the National Performance Network’s (NPN) Southern Artists For Social Change grant. For more information: www.npnweb.org.