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Contextualizing Tragedy: Why Leo Frank Matters Today
What can a hundred year old tragedy tell us about violence and anti-Semitism in our current day? The sensational murder trial and lynching of a Jewish man named Leo Frank sent shock waves through Atlanta’s Jewish community and across the country. Recent events such as the Tree of Life Shooting in Pittsburgh and the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville have given the story renewed relevance.
Plane's Wheel From 1959 Virginia Crash Gets An Emotional Return
One of the most lethal plane crashes in Virginia history was Piedmont Airlines Flight 349, which claimed 26 lives when, on a foggy, late-October night in 1959, it slammed into the Blue Ridge. A Natural Bridge-based folk artist recently led an expedition to return a stray piece of the wreckage, a wheel, back to the impact site.