Award-winning journalist and author Jim Hall coming to Fauquier Campus Sept. 27

For Immediate Release:
September 7, 2023

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

Author Jim Hall
Jim Hall has extensively researched lynchings.

The public is invited to a Lunch & Learn at Laurel Ridge featuring retired journalist Jim Hall at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in The Barn on the Fauquier Campus. Lunch will be provided to attendees. Hall will be discussing his book, “Condemned for Love in Old Virginia: The Lynching of Arthur Jordan.” His first book, “The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia: Seeking Truth at Rattlesnake Mountain,” was published in 2016.

Hall’s long journalism career included 26 years at the Free-Lance Star in Fredericksburg. Hall said he did his thesis for his master’s degree in mass communication at Virginia Commonwealth University on how Virginia’s newspapers covered lynchings.

Following the publication of his first book, Hall was put in touch with Kirk Goolsby.

“He said, ‘I think I found the hanging tree,’” Hall recounted.

The tree in question was in the Warrenton Cemetery and is thought to be where Jordan, a Black man, was hanged for having a love affair with a White woman named Elvira Corder, who became pregnant in 1880. Hall said a drawing of the lynching was used to help pinpoint the location.

During the presentation at the college, Hall will focus on three subjects: lynchings in general, particularly in the Deep South, lynchings in Virginia, and then the Arthur Jordan case.

“As a society, we have to recognize what happened,” Hall said. “We have to acknowledge the truth of what happened, and only then can we reconcile and move on and become the world that we want to be. I’m persuaded by that. These talks are a small way of talking truth. I’m to this day amazed at how many people have no idea that these cases happened in their backyard.”

Open Book will be selling books at the event, which is free to the public. For more information, visit


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