A part of U.S. history that many
would like to forget just won’t go away. In April of 2018 in Montgomery,
Alabama, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened. Also known as the
National Lynching Memorial, the museum features 805 steel rectangles which
symbolize coffins and represent each of the U.S. counties where a documented
lynching occurred. Victims’ names are on the steel plates.
Poet Jane Kretschmann, an Alabama
native, is the featured speaker at the April 24 meeting of the creative writing
club at the Piqua campus of Edison State Community College, Room 331, at 6 p.m.
The event is free and open to the community.
Kretschmann will be discussing her
approach to her current project: a series of poems about the lives of persons
lynched in Alabama.
After researching and studying the
biographies of these individuals, Kretschmann humanizes them, brings them to
life through the power of her poetry. They, thus become more than statistical
data in an academician’s research project and become individuals who have a
story to tell.
Kretschmann, a retired Edison State
English professor and a widely-published author, holds degrees in English from
Troy University and University of Arkansas.
To further celebrate National
Poetry Month, following Kretchmann’s presentation, audience members will be
invited to read a favorite poem, a poem they have written, or a poem available
at the meeting.
For more information, contact Dr.
Vivian Blevins at 937-778-3815.