The Project

Virtual World Look at the Climate of Lynching

More than 700 universities around the world teach courses or conduct research in the virtual world of Second Life (SL) where students and educators regularly come together in virtual spaces called Simulators (SIMs) or islands to meet others, study and train, and learn about social issues. The media-rich environment of Always in Season Island gives visitors a personal sense of the choices and circumstances that brought tens of thousands of men, women, and children out to watch lynchings in every state across the United States but four. As they learn about this intrinsic part of American history and share the experience in an interactive, role-playing environment, visitors can gain strategies for preventing targeting and group violence in their own communities today.