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Lecture: Death on Rattlesnake Mountain 

Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture

  • October 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

Gregory Family Theater

Speaker: Jim Hall

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

In this presentation, Jim Hall will explore the lynchings that occurred in Virginia, especially the last one, a 1932 incident that happened in Fauquier County. Virginia had the fewest lynchings of the 12 Southern states, yet lynch mobs in the Old Dominion were still responsible for the deaths of 87 people from 1880 to 1930. One of the most puzzling incidents was the Fauquier case, when Shedrick Thompson, a fugitive accused of assault and rape, was captured and hanged by his neighbors on Rattlesnake Mountain. The official verdict was that Thompson committed suicide, but in his book, The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia, Hall builds the case for murder.

Jim Hall is a lifelong resident of Virginia who grew up in Northern Virginia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and his master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He became interested in the 1932 hanging death of Shedrick Thompson while working on his master’s thesis, which focused on the lynchings that occurred in Virginia and how the state’s newspapers covered those deaths. Hall worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 36 years. He is now retired and lives in Fredericksburg. The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia is his first book. 

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org