On this 100th Year Remember...

October 30-November 5 marks a century after the horrific lynching of George Taylor. This anniversary has inspired a coalition of students, teachers, our religious community, and civic leaders to form the Wake County Truth & Reconciliation Committee.

We invite ALL Wake County's citizens to join our Citizen's Promise between October 30-Nov 5, 2018.

With this handful of Wake County soil I pledge…

  • To remember all those who have been victims of any injustice.
  • To choose to create an opportunity for reconciliation in our community.
  • To promise to no longer remain silent or passive in the face of White Supremacy, racial hatred, or any social injustice.


Move cursor to the top right of the document and click on the arrow. Print, and mail, with your soil, to Exploris Middle School or Middle Creek High School.


Click on the Google Form or the link below.


It is optional to mail or deliver your "soil" to one of our soil collection sites, Exploris Middle School or Middle Creek High School.

Downtown Soil Collection Site:

The Exploris School

Shannon Hardy, Teacher

401 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, NC 27603


Western Wake Soil Collection Site

Middle Creek High School

Matt Scialdone, Teacher

123 Middle Creek Park

Apex, NC 27539


Eastern Wake Soil Collection Site:

Knightdale High School

Ken Whisler, Teacher

100 Bryan Chalk Drive

Knightdale, NC 27545


Services/Community Events

Saturday, Nov. 3 - Beth Meyer Synagogue Service begins at 9:30am. "Remember George Taylor" Exploris educator, Shannon Hardy, will speak with Exploris students Lev and Asher Cohen, and Lucas Bhar. (504 Newton Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615)

Saturday, Nov. 3 - Little House Museum and Gallery (201 N Main St, Rolesville, NC 27571) . Please join us between 10am and Noon this Saturday, November 3, 2018, as we observe the "100th Anniversary of the George Taylor Lynching of November 1918" with these actions:

  • First Reading of the students' George Taylor Narrative with discussion of the event and the student project at 10am
  • First Opportunity to Make a Citizen's Promise with Soil Collection for the students, at 10:30am
  • Meet the Artist: Doug Gilliam at 11:00am
  • Installation of the George Taylor Memory Jar crafted by Doug Gilliam with reading of Gilliam's Artist's Statement, at 11:30am
  • Second Reading of the students' George Taylor Narrative, at 11:45pm
  • Second Opportunity to Make a Citizen's Promise with Soil Collection for the students, at Noon
  • Admission is free
  • Parking at the intersection of Main and Young Streets

Sunday, Nov. 4 - Raleigh Friends Meeting (Quakers) Worship 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM Sunday Nov. 5 adult education program "Truth and Reconciliation Project: 1918 George Taylor Lynching in Wake County". Public is invited to share worship and/or participate in the 11:30 program. (625 Tower St, Raleigh NC 27607)

2018 Wake County's Truth, Reconciliation, and Remembrance Soil Collection .


October 30- November 5 - Citizen's Promise and Soil Collection - Exploris and Middle Creek students will coordinate soil collections and enter handwritten "promises" into the Google form (database).

Wed, November 7 (4pm) - Wake County Truth & Reconciliation Meeting in Justice Center lobby.

Wed, November 7 (5pm) - Students deliver soil to Wake County Commissioners at their regular meeting, and ask Wake County Commissioners to bring home the Wake County column home from Montgomery, Alabama.

Tues, November 13 (3pm) - Students will present their work and soil to the Wake County Historic Preservation Committee, and ask them to assist in bringing the Wake County column home from Montgomery, Alabama.

November 20 - Students report and ask for City of Raleigh support in bringing home the Wake County column. 1pm

Friday, December 7 - Students are presenting to Campbell Law School 8:30-9:30.

Friday, December 14 - Montgomery, Alabama - Middle Creek (and possibly Exploris students) go to Montgomery, Alabama to present soil to EJI Peace & Justice Memorial on behalf of the Wake County Truth & Reconciliation Committee.

Community Remembrance Project

Soil collection from two dozen racial terror lynchings.

Wake County's

Hanging Column

This column hangs in Montgomery, Alabama as a symbol of the 1918 lynching of George Taylor.

Wake County's


A second column waits to be brought home to Wake County from the Peace & Justice Memorial.