Michael Schnell

The Town Is Quiet Tonight

“The mob gained entrance and carried him to the public square, where they hung him to a pole in front of the telephone office. . . . The town is quiet tonight.”
Austin American-Statesman, August 12, 1911

Violence leaves scars. These scars leave marks, even after one hundred years. Stories told, memories passed down or brushed under the rug to be forgotten, The Town Is Quiet Tonight documents these marks by thorough inspection of Collin County, Texas. Starting in those areas tainted by violence, historical records and personal histories come together to provide a portrait of a place, the people who live there, and the trauma in the landscape. Bringing these scars into the light can provide the balm to heal and the hammer to break the cycle of violence.