Documentary Series Takes A Closer Look At Lennon Lacy's Death

Dec 14, 2016

Claudia Lacy believes her son, Lennon Lacy, was lynched, although authorities ruled the 2014 death a suicide.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Two years ago, a young African-American male was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina. Local and federal law enforcement officials ruled the hanging death of Lennon Lacy, 17, a suicide. But his family is not convinced and suspects Lacy was murdered.

Independent Lens on PBS, along with UNC-TV and WUNC, came together to take a closer look at the unanswered questions surrounding Lacy's death in a series called "The Hanging."

Lacy's mother, Claudia Lacy, is convinced her son was lynched.

Lynchings of blacks in the United States were commonplace, especially in the southern U.S. in the late 1800's once slavery ended, and through the 1960's.

Officials have not released copies of the police report in Lacy's case, and the medical examiner was not allowed to take pictures. And Claudia Lacy says she still has not been able to get her son's belongings from police.

A documentary called "Always in Season" by Jackie Olive is due out in 2017 and will look at the history of lynching in America, including an examination of the Lacy case.