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Unfinished: Deep South

Author: Witness Docs & Market Road Films

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At the dawn of the Civil Rights era, a wealthy African American farmer and veteran named Isadore Banks was lynched on the Arkansas Delta. More than 60 years later, journalists Taylor Hom and Neil Shea join members of the Banks family on a quest to find out who killed Isadore and restore his legacy. What they find will shake a small Southern town from its silence, explore the story of African American prosperity on the Delta, and trace the roots of racial terror from Isadore’s day up through our own. Hear more great stories about complicated people from Witness Docs at witnesspodcasts.com.
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S1 E7 The Stepdaughter

S1 E7 The Stepdaughter

2020-08-1028:001

Isadore wasn’t the only victim of racial violence in Crittenden County. We track down a woman whose faded childhood memories could help solve two lynchings. But will she talk?
S1 E6 The Housepainter

S1 E6 The Housepainter

2020-08-0332:461

The investigation takes a turn when we get the name of a new suspect -- and learn he may have been involved in a second lynching, nine years later.
Some people still refuse to call Isadore’s murder a lynching. So in this episode, we take a step back to ask: what, exactly, is a lynching? And why, in 2020, do we still have trouble talking about it?
S1 E4 White Memories

S1 E4 White Memories

2020-07-2030:193

The lynching of Isadore Banks was a catastrophe for the African American community of Marion, Arkansas, and it’s never been forgotten. But for white people, the story is very different. Is this town hiding a secret?
S1 E3 Family Ties

S1 E3 Family Ties

2020-07-1334:5710

Tracing back Isadore’s family helps understand his wealth. Isadore wasn’t an anomaly-  many African Americans in the south had land, built wealth and created their own communities to thrive.
S1 E2 The High Sheriff

S1 E2 The High Sheriff

2020-07-0637:328

A $7 million dollar fortune. A white supremacist sheriff. And a 66-year-old mystery: what happened to Isadore Banks’ land and wealth?
S1 E1 Isadore Banks

S1 E1 Isadore Banks

2020-06-2936:3412

For most of his life Isadore Banks found ways to survive—and thrive—in the violently anti-black South. He became one of the largest land-owners on the Arkansas Delta, ran several businesses, and was a leader in his community. Then, something changed.
Unfinished: Deep South tells the story of a wealthy African American farmer named Isadore Banks who was lynched in 1954. He owned more than 1,000 acres of land along the Arkansas Delta until it all disappeared with his death. In a quest to find his killers and unpack how his murder shattered a community, we’ll get to the heart of America’s unfinished business by asking ‘Who Lynched Isadore Banks?’ Premiering June 29th.
Comments (10)

BrownEyed Girl

I hope the creators of this podcast continue with this investigation, but I also hope they do a whole series that specializes on racial crimes against all American minorities. The subject matter is vast, & to investigate and document more accurate histories of the lives, struggles, times, and unfortunate endings of these people, and hopefully obtain justice & correction of historical record to honor the victims and victims families.

Aug 4th
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Christy

I hope the step-daughter comes around to help with finding the truth. It's difficult for me to understand why people don't want the truth to be discovered. Some of these small southern town white women are odd, very odd.

Aug 3rd
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Angela Hopkins

It doesn't surprise me that stolen money was given to the church, they're the biggest crooks of all.

Jul 28th
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Chris Hicks

Excellent work...

Jul 24th
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John Buckner

Tremendous in every way. Thoroughly researched, highly informative, reveals so much with insights that go far beyond the story itself.

Jul 17th
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Lady Butterfly

Thank you for our History

Jul 16th
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BrownEyed Girl

Woah! I'm loving the history I'm learning from this podcast. Isadore and his family are so vividly brought to life. #BLM #StopRacism #History #TrueCrime

Jul 15th
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ian neumann

crap

Jul 14th
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BrownEyed Girl

For tips and info see below url. https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/23/us/arkansas-billboard-isadore-banks-lynch-trnd/index.html

Jun 29th
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