This spring after a long and at times bitter process, activists following the killing of George Floyd pushed for and finally got the city of Placerville to remove a noose from the city’s seal, but the council opted to keep the Gold Rush-era nickname, “Hangtown.”
The noose was probably not historical, and probably not incorporated into the city logos until the 1970s, but is now widely considered a hate symbol.
Leading the way in the battle over the noose was the young activist Lizzie Dubose. She is joined by Stuart Harmon, a documentary filmmaker who chronicled the fight.
Listen as Lizzie Dubose describes her motivation and the hardships of taking on what turned out to be a very disharmonious process—with anger and hate erupting along the way.