Great-grandson of lynching victim faces the past: “This is American history”

Lent Shaw was accused of harassing a white woman and lynched when he was 42. The chilling, gruesome image of what happened to him has haunted Shaw’s great-grandson, Evan Lewis, nearly his entire life. That changed when the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Boston’s Northeastern University Law School started digging into the case in 2016. Melissa Nobles from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Margaret Burnham from Northeastern run the project.


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