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The Penalty for Success: My Father was Lynched in Lowndes County Alabama (with Josephine Bolling McCall)

Friday, March 6, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm UTC



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You are invited to a special opportunity to hear a daughter’s moving story of her father’s lynching and a journey of discovery. Just weeks before Christmas, 1947, Josephine Bolling was five years old and learned that her father, Elmore Bolling, just 39 and the father of seven was dead. Elmore Bolling was a leader in Lowndes County’s black community, had established himself as a man who volunteered to serve the less fortunate and had worked hard to build a small trucking business and provide for his family and others.

In a moving and important book, The Penalty for Success: My Father Was Lynched In Lowndes County, Alabama, Josephine Bolling McCall tells the story of the murder of a black man in 1940s Lowndes County, Alabama. She reveals the scheme to cover up a “lynching” and presents convincing evidence that her father had been lynched, although he was not hanged, mutilated, or burned before a crowd of people. Elmore Bolling was shot six times in the front of his body with a pistol and once in the back with a shotgun.

After years of research, including interviews with relatives and elderly Lowndes County residents, Josephine Bolling McCall sought and found answers to many troubling questions that she had about her family, especially about events in her father’s life.

Her journey of discovery presents a revealing narrative of a time, a place, and a people that challenges us to rethink the reality of life for both blacks and whites in a rural, southern community.

Ms. McCall is a retired nationally certified school psychologist. She was the first black president of the Alabama Association of School Psychologists and the first black person to serve as Alabama’s delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists. She is the president of The Elmore Bolling Foundation which she founded to preserve the legacy of her father.

Registration is required for this event, and space is limited. Program participants will receive a complimentary copy of The Penalty for Success: My Father Was Lynched in Lowndes County Alabama. Refreshments will be provided.


Friday, March 6, 2020
2:00pm - 4:00pm UTC
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