Jars commemorating lynching victims at the Legacy Museum


Jars commemorating lynching victims at the Legacy Museum

Jars commemorating lynching victims at the Legacy Museum

We’re ending the year with a flourish! We celebrated Mamie’s 110th birthday in September and successfully matched our $10,000 gift.

We went back to Mississippi in October to film aerial shots and also to conduct a soil collection for John Hartfield, the lynching victim in Ellisville in 1919 who fled with her father and his collection is now enshrined in the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama (visit our photo gallery).

In November, we hired a new editor, Cassandra Chowdhury, who is awesome, and we finished a new fundraising promotional trailer which you can view here: https://vimeo.com/300405881.

We still have to raise our post production costs, but progress has been good and we’re anticipating completion of a rough cut of the film by the end of year. Many thanks to everyone that has contributed thus far. Have a blessed and peaceful holiday season.

Mamie Kirkland at 100



Mamie and Tarabu at Legacy Museum

At the historic opening of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama

James Seligman

100 Years from Mississippi is dedicated in honor of James Seligman

james seligman

james seligman

It is with profound sadness that I share news of the passing of James Seligman, our cinematographer/ editor/ co-producer, and dear friend in the early morning hours of December 21, 2017. James was rushed to the hospital after he had a series of seizures at home in Three Rivers, CA in September and was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma, or Stage 3 Glioma. There is not yet a cure for this type of cancer within the western medical system. James made it very clear that he cared more about quality of life than duration. His family took his wishes into account and James made his passage out of this life on the winter solstice just before Christmas. His transition was peaceful and gentle. It is impossible to mistake the deep hole that his presence occupied in the life of this project, so it is only fitting that we dedicate this project in honor of his memory.

In the wake of this transition we have been so fortunate to have two new team members join our project team as advisers. Karen Ishizuka and Robert Nakamura are two major figures in independent film and Asian American media and culture. Their experience as filmmakers, writers, and producers will be a significant addition to our team and we look forward to their sage wisdom. Check their bios out on the About the Filmmakers page of this site.

We are extremely excited to announce that our story, narrated by Tarabu and featured in the groundbreaking new website launched by Equal Justice Initiative in collaboration with Google in 2017 will be part of the permanent installation at the new Equal Justice Initiative Memorial Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. The museum opening is set for April 26-29, 2018 in Montgomery and tickets are now available at their new website along with additional information about the planned events. Tickets are also available for dates after the opening weekend.

We still need your support! Your tax-deductible donation – large or small, will help us finish our important documentary that links this terrible past with the challenges of today.

Mrs. Mamie Kirkland

Your Support Has Inspired Us!

Mrs. Mamie Kirkland

Mrs. Mamie Lang Kirkland

100 Years From Mississippi is a 40-minute documentary about the amazing journey of Mamie Kirkland’s flight from Mississippi and her family’s perilous migration from the Jim Crow south to escape her father’s lynching, murders of African-Americans on the streets of East St. Louis and KKK cross burnings on their lawn in Ohio. At 108 she has become a celebrated elder whose story has captured the front page of the New York Times.

Your tax-deductible donation – large or small, will help us finish our important documentary that links this terrible past with the challenges of today.

Lynching in America

LYNCHING IN AMERICA website honors Mamie Kirkland’s story

Exciting news from the 100 Years from Mississippi film project! We are honored that our story, narrated by Tarabu, is featured in a groundbreaking new website launched by Equal Justice Initiative in collaboration with Google.

“Lynching in America” documents over 4000 lynchings and Mamie’s story is the first feature in the “LISTEN” section. Explore this powerful new website and share it with your friends and colleagues. Let history remind us what we need to do today!

Watch Lynching in America below.

Lynching in America
Mamie Kirkland in Mississippi

Interview of Mamie Kirkland with the New York Times.

Mamie Kirkland in Mississippi

Mamie Kirkland in Mississippi

ELLISVILLE, Miss. — The dark S.U.V. rented for the occasion stopped outside the one-story City Hall. A wheelchair was rolled up to receive a petite passenger wearing a baseball cap dappled with sparkles, her hair gray-white, her skin mocha brown, her socks hot pink.

Settling into the chair, Mamie Lang Kirkland took a quick look around. It had been a while. About a century.

When she was 7, her family fled Ellisville amid talk of lynchings. On to Illinois, where white mobs rioted. To Ohio, where the Klan raised torches. To western New York, where she and her steelworker husband had nine children, and the one miscarriage she always includes in her account…

View full interview here