Who Deserves to Be Here?

At the June 17th second annual vigil for lynching victims presented by We Remember Tyler, songwriter Paul Haygood, along with Karesa Cooper and Demetrick Tezino, perform “Who Deserves to Be Here?” The song names some of the Black victims lynched by mobs in downtown Tyler from 1857-1928, including John Ambrose, Henry Hilliard, James Hodge and Dan Davis. Also hear the song on the Out of the Loop podcast. 📷 Nico Grayson

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Jane Neal is the executive director of The Tyler Loop and storytelling director of Out of the Loop: True Stories about Tyler and East Texas. In addition to the Loop, she works at the Literacy Council of Tyler and attends Sam Houston State University remotely, where she studies sociology. Jane is a certified interfaith spiritual guide. She is a member of Leadership Tyler Class 33 and a former teacher of French at Robert E. Lee High School, where she ran a storytelling program called Senior Stories. Jane and her husband Don have four children.