Un(re)solved tells the stories of lives cut short and examines a federal effort to investigate more than 150 cold cases that date back to the civil rights era.
Enter a forest of quilted memories to learn about four people whose untimely deaths are being re-examined as part of a federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings through the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act.
Among the more than 150 victims are voting rights advocates, veterans, Louisville’s first female prosecutor, business owners, mothers, fathers and children.
Narrated by the award-winning journalist, author and civil rights pioneer Charlayne Hunter-Gault, this immersive interactive storytelling experience invites visitors to go back in time to learn what happened in these cases and about the families still seeking justice today.
The killings took place as far south as the Mississippi Delta and as far north as the Canadian border. Racist violence cut short the lives of those in their 70s and those as young as 9 years old. Every person’s story is documented, and every case can be explored.
To lead the creative vision for the installation, FRONTLINE partnered with Ado Ato Pictures, a premier mixed reality studio founded by artist, filmmaker, and technologist Tamara Shogaolu. Shogaolu rooted the visuals of Un(re)solved in the powerful symbolism of trees. In the United States, trees evoke the ideal of liberty, but also speak to an oppressive history of racially motivated violence.
Travel into the woods, shine the light of truth upon their stories and learn about the limits and failures of a federal effort to right wrongs in the country’s past.