Posted November 21, 2019 12:11:56The lynching of a white man in Tennessee in the 1860s is being resurrected in a new museum that is now part of the Charlottesville, Virginia, city government.
The Virginia Historical Society of Charlottesville opened its doors to the public this week for a free public lecture about the history of the Confederate flag.
The museum is located at a former Union general store that is part of a former cotton mill and now houses a museum of historical artifacts.
The lynchings of Robert C. Byrd, Robert Payne and Andrew Goodman were all conducted by white men in Virginia, which is part the Confederacy.
The event is being used as a museum to commemorate the lynching, which was not a lynchment, as some have labeled it.
The first lynching was in 1854 at the Confederate state capital of Richmond, Virginia.
At that time, blacks were not allowed to vote and whites could not serve as citizens.
It is believed the first lynch was at the site of the new museum in March 2020.
“It’s the lynch,” museum director John C. Buehler told ABC News.
“You look at the history and it’s a historical artifact.”
Buehler said he was excited to be able to share the museum’s new exhibit, “The Life and Death of Robert Payne.”
The exhibit features the life of Payne, the man accused of killing Payne in the Virginia capital in 1857.
It is an exhibition about a controversial, highly publicized case.
A statue of Payne was toppled in Washington, D.C., in the 1960s, and it was later moved to a museum in downtown Charlottesville.
Bühler said the statue has been in a box for 40 years.
He said the museum will have more statues of Payne in coming years.
In 2018, Payne was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he was convicted of murdering three men.
Payne was also accused of kidnapping and raping a white woman.
He was found guilty of raping a woman, but the jury didn’t find him guilty.
He served only 18 months of his life before being executed.
Buehl said he is excited about the new exhibit because it includes a video of Payne’s trial.
It shows Payne being led out of the courtroom by guards.
The exhibit also includes a map of the history that was taken from a white female who survived being raped in a white prison in Alabama in 1865.
She is shown on the map with the words “No Negroes” written in the center.
The exhibit includes a plaque with the word “Aryan” and a note that says “A lot of the white people here have been taught that the world was created by white people.”