Traveling exhibit unveiled for lynching victim John Henry James

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A traveling exhibit for lynching victim John Henry James was unveiled at the Albemarle County Office Building on Wednesday.

The exhibit was created through a partnership between the county and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society.

The exhibit featured photos and information adding context to the lynching of James in July 1898.

Diantha McKeel, a member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, said it is important to acknowledge the county's deep history and make sure residents are educated about it.

"We can't have any reconciliation or come together as a community if we have different sets of facts," said McKeel. "We all have to understand what the history is and we all have to accept it and acknowledge it so we can move forward."

The exhibit will be housed at the Albemarle County Office Building, but it will be displayed throughout the area at schools, libraries and other places of interest over the coming months.

It is considered the first piece of a larger history exhibit, which is set to come to the area this fall.

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