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Film Screening & Discussion: “The Romey Lynchings,” with Akram Khater (NC State) and Sandy Ryland (family member)
February 11, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
In the early morning hours of Friday, May 17th, 1929, a Lebanese immigrant was lynched in Lake City, Florida. He was shot multiple times and left to die along a lonely stretch of the road heading south out of Lake City to Fort White.
N’oula Romey was the fourth victim of racial terror that year in Florida, and one of ten people who were lynched by white mobs across the US in 1929 alone. Just hours before, his wife Hasna (Fannie) Rahme was fatally shot by Lake City police in their store. Their tragic murders were the most gruesome and violent attacks on Lebanese immigrants in the US, but this was not an isolated incident. Their killing was a part, and the culmination, of a widespread pattern of racially-motivated hostility, vitriol and physical abuse directed at early Arab immigrants who came to, worked, and lived in America between the 1890s and the 1930s.
This 26-minute film about the lynching and murder of Nou’la and Hasna Romey includes visuals, expert testimony, and the perspective of family members left grappling with a tragic legacy. Please join us for a timely conversation that will follow the screening.
Organized by the Duke Middle East Studies Center and Duke Islamic Studies Center.