San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Lynching of Willie Earle
Many Greenvillians are unfamiliar with the lynching of Willie Earle, the last recorded lynching in South Carolina and the one of the last in the South. Both the lynching and the ensuing trial forced Greenville into the national spotlight. Walter Winchell, J. Edgar Hoover and even Strom Thurmond became involved. Our speaker, Lucy Beam Hoffman, co-authored the “Last Lynching,” a play centered around one of the most infamous and controversial chapters in Greenville’s history.
She will be discussing how she came to write the play, the details of the Willie Earle lynching and the role racism plays – then and now – in our culture. Please join us for this talk followed by an interactive discussion.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
Our Speaker: Lucy Beam Hoffman has been an avid history lover and a voluminous writer all her life. But it wasn’t until the age of 47 that she pursued a college degree in history. And it was only after she began teaching history on the college level – several years later -- that she began to seek out a way to blend her love for history with her love for writing. After a serendipitous encounter with writer John Jeter she co-authored “The Last Lynching,” a play about the lynching of Willie Earle, which has been read before audiences at both the Upcountry History Museum and the Warehouse Theatre. When she’s not writing or teaching about history, Hoffman, together with her husband Jeff, owns Aprons, Etc., where she worked in sales for 18 years. She is also co-founder of The Write Place, Greenville’s only literary salon.
When & Where
TEDxGreenville was the first independently organized TEDx event in South Carolina. It all started in 2010 when a diverse, passionate group of TED enthusiasts from around the community came together with the singular goal of bringing an educational and inspirational TED-like experience to Upstate residents.
The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.
TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.
Now in its eighth year, the TEDxGreenville movement ignites passions and builds bridges like never before, while highlighting the incredible people and organizations that make the Upstate of South Carolina one of the best places to live on the planet. Yep, we said it. Drop the mic.