A historic black-and-white image of white men watching as a black woman and a black man walk away Watch Online Watch Preview

From the 1860s to the 1920s, towns across the U.S. violently expelled African American residents.
Today, these communities remain virtually all white.
As black descendants return to demand justice, BANISHED exposes the hidden history of racial cleansing in America.
THE PLACES
At least 12 different counties in eight states banished their black populations. More than 4,000 black residents were expelled from their homes.
A charcoal drawing of a crowd of people fleeing as buildings go up in flames
REPARATIONS
A man and two women sit on a porch, looking out
The question of reparations is, for many, a controversial and unanswerable one. What, if anything, are descendants owed?
Learn about reparations >>

Share your thoughts in Talkback >>

Home | The Families | The Places | Reparations | Behind the Scenes | Learn More | Get Involved | Talkback | Film Credits | Get the DVD | Site Credits Watch Preview BANISHED
IL Home Home | Explore Films | TV Schedule | Video | Community Cinema | Classroom | Blog | AboutContact Us Get the Newsletter
Pressroom     © Independent Television Service (ITVS). All rights reserved. | PBS Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Credits

presented by ITVS   funded by The Corporation For Public Broadcasting Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people

with additional support from Macarthur Foundation
PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.