The 100th anniversary of the Waco Horror is almost two months away.
Community organizations throughout Waco have come together to plan several events to commemorate the brutal, public hanging of a black teen named Jesse Washington.
The Community Race Relations Coalition and Baylor Department of Film partnered to show, Shadow of the Lynching Tree. A film that tells of Washington’s horrific demise.
Writer and director of the film Carvin Eison says Washington’s story is relevant today because cultural differences still shape our society.
“Like the Bob Marley old song—until the philosophy that holds one race superior and another inferior—until that changes, there’s always going to be a problem and we have a lot of work to do,” Eison said.
The showing of the film started at 6:30 PM. It was held on Baylor’s campus at the Castellaw Communication Center.
A march to memorialize Washington’s memory is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2016. It is set to start at 9:00 AM, at the First Baptist Church Robinson.