What Is ‘Buried Truths’?

We can’t change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding.

Buried Truths acknowledges and unearths still-relevant stories of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. Season 2 tells the story of A.C. Hall, a black teenager mistakenly identified as stealing a gun in 1962, Macon, Georgia. Through A.C.’s story, host Hank Klibanoff examines police privilege, racial conditioning, community activism and more. Season 1 focused on Isaiah Nixon, voter suppression and new beginnings.

Buried Truths is an investigative podcast that honors lives and reveals what’s been hidden, not published and not taught—from WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and professor, Hank Klibanoff, and the students in his civil rights cold cases class at Emory University. When we understand who we were, we can better understand who we are.

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Buried Truths is produced and funded by WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station. It’s made possible by financial contributions from our listeners.

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Lesson Plans

Bring Buried Truths into the classroom with 8th grade social studies and high school U.S. history lesson plans.

Developed in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, these lesson plans provide suggestions for how to incorporate season 1 of Buried Truths into middle and high school courses. Each plan is aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Social Studies as well as the national College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies.

Lesson plans provide teacher directions, handouts, source material, and instructional strategies. They can be used in sequence or as modular activities.

As Traditional As Grits | S2 E5

It’s the wrong gun?! As Barnett Hopper takes the stand, saying the gun that police found isn’t his after all, we examine the kind of training that officers like Brown and Durden received. Hank discusses police culture and training with a former police officer, now law professor. His focus –  policing the police.

Call Him Up | S2 E4

Sixteen year old Eloise Franklin takes the stand in front of five white jurors, three attorneys and a courtroom full of spectators. The police officers’ defense attorney Denmark Groover, a staunch segregationist who tried to stop clocks and change flags, asks her more than 230 questions. Years later, Eloise recalls the experience. The inquest takes a break.

56 Years | S2 E3

A rookie black lawyer, who’s never examined a witness, who doesn’t even know what a coroner’s inquest is, gets his chance in a Macon, Georgia, courtroom against a legendary segregationist lawyer and politician. Can this possibly go well? Listen to the actual testimony — and that rookie’s reflections, in that same courtroom, 56 years later. 

R-E-S-P-E-C-T | S2 E2

What was life like in the South in the 1960s? Why did A.C. run? Revealing details from A.C.’s friends, community members and the ruling politicians of the time.

Find out more about what’s covered in this episode:

– Slavery By Another Name documentary and educational resources, PBS, Douglas Blackmon

–  “Debate Over Empty Lot Unearths Ugly Piece of Atlanta History”, WABE, Molly Samuel

–  Growing Up Jim Crow: How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race by Jennifer Ritterhouse

–  A conversation with Mary Frances Early, the first African American student to earn a degree from the University of Georgia in 1962, WABE, Rose Scott

Season 2 | Trailer

A.C. Hall lived until he was seventeen years old. On an October night in 1962, he encountered two police officers investigating a stolen gun. They were looking for a colored man…and they found A.C. In season 2 of Buried Truths, Hank Klibanoff examines A.C.’s story and the surrounding context. It’s a story of injustice, resilience and racism in the American South. We can’t change our history, but we can let it guide us to understanding.

Buried Truths Live | S1

Isaiah Nixon’s daughter, Dorothy, joins Hank Klibanoff for a live event in Atlanta. Buried Truths producer David Barasoain and Dr. Catherine Meeks, executive director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, also join the conversation.

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