A strange and bitter crop.
K. L. Ricks for NPR
Eighty-five years ago, a crowd of several thousand white people gathered in Jackson County, Fla., to participate in the lynching of a man named Claude Neal. The poet L. Lamar Wilson grew up there but didn't learn about Neal until he was working on a research paper in high school. When he heard the story, Wilson knew he had to do something. (Listening time, 26:23)