By Sabrina Bates
A local activist who is currently a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Martin is seeking public input from fellow Weakley Countians.
Joyce Washington is a member of the Weakley County Reconciliation Project (WCRP), a local community organization that is working to improve race relations in the county.
“I am researching the support or opposition for the work of the WCRP to acquire and install the county’s lynching memorial, which acknowledges and memorializes the lynchings that occurred in Weakley County between 1892 and 1915,” Washington said in a press release. During that time, there were five victims of racial lynchings in Weakley County.
The monument is a replica of the one on display at the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. Washington is seeking participants to take part in an anonymous, online survey. There are only two requirements for survey-takers — a participant must be a Weakley County resident and at least 18 years old.
“The study does not capture identifying data as I am seeking to create an environment where you will respond to the questions or statements honestly, feel safe and comfortable doing so. The WCRP is working to improve race relations in our community through the process of reconciliation, open, honest conversations on matters of race,” Washington said.
Willing participants are asked to follow the link at https://communitywcrp.questionpro.com/ and acknowledge the Institutional Review Board’s informed consent document and start the survey. Participation is completely voluntary and participants who change their mind during the study are asked to simply close out the page of their web browser. People are not required to respond to every question in the survey to participate.
“I appreciate your assistance with this project as we work together to make Weakley County the best it can be,” Washington added. She may be contacted by phone at 847-565-9115 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.