Unspeakable the story of Junius Wilson

Burch, Susan

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  • Creator Susan Burch and Hannah Joyner
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2007.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (315 p.)
  • ISBNs 9780807884348, 0807884340
  • OCLC ocn476175584


  • Junius Wilson (1908-2001) spent seventy-six years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including six in the criminal ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilty of any criminal charge. But he was deaf and black in the Jim Crow South. Unspeakable is the story of his life.Using legal records, institutional files, and extensive oral history interviews--some conducted in sign language--Susan Burch and Hannah Joyner piece together the story of a deaf man accused in 1925 of attempted rape, found insane at a lunacy hearing, comm


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-294) and index.
  • English


  • Contents; Introduction; 1 One Misstep; 2 From One Institution to Another; 3 Walls; 4 Renaming, Remaining; 5 Classified; 6 Vital Signs; 7 Reinterpreting; 8 New Places, New Faces; 9 Almost Home; 10 Judgments; 11 The End?; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Acknowledgments; Index
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