Our Officers and Directors

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Lamont Turner
President

Lamont Turner - Mr. Turner serves as a Director for Franklin's Charge, a nonprofit organization focused on preserving America's threatened Civil War battlefields in Williamson County, Tennessee.  Mr. Turner chaired the Enslaved Memorial Marker Unveiling at Carnton Plantation in The McGavock Cemetery.  Mr. Turner also serves as a Director for The Public, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting anti-racism through education, advocacy and action.  Mr. Turner is the author of WINNING Beyond The Scoreboard As The U.N.D.E.R.D.O.G. The Final Score Is What Counts!  Mr. Turner will be releasing a book in 2021 on how the South can heal its Civil War wound of white supremacy in 2021.  Mr. Turner is a Franklin, TN native who graduated from Battle Ground Academy high school.  Mr. Turner later graduated from Vanderbilt University in 3 years with a B.S. in Human Organizational Development.  Mr. Turner has spent the last 20 years as a medical sales consultant.  Mr. Turner wants to help Tennesseans heal by uncovering the truth about Tennessee's violent racial past.   

John Ashworth - Mr. Ashworth serves as Executive Director and Project Manager at the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, which works to identify and memorialize victims of lynching in Shelby County, Tennessee. He has also served as chairman of the Elbert Williams Memorial Committee, named for a 1940 lynching victim. Mr. Ashworth founded the Dunbar Carver Museum, which is dedicated to African-American history, and the Geneva Miller Historical Society of Brownsville, Tennessee. He is a Vietnam veteran with extensive work experience in the military and airline industry. 

Cynthia Deitle - Ms. Deitle was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over two decades. She was promoted to Civil Rights Unit Chief in 2008, where she managed the FBI's Hate Crimes, Color of Law, Human Trafficking, and Abortion Extremism Programs. In this role, she devoted considerable resources to the FBI's Cold Case Initiative to reexamine unsolved racially-motivated homicides from the Civil Rights Era. Ms. Deitle holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from New England Law-Boston. She earned Master of Laws degrees in Criminal Law from New York University School of Law and Constitutional Law from the George Washington University National Law Center.

Margaret Haltom
Board Member

Allan Ramsaur - Mr. Ramsaur served as Executive Director and Executive Director Emeritus of the Tennessee Bar Association from 1998 to 2018. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Nashville Bar Association for twelve years and at the Tennessee Association of Legal Services for seven years. Mr. Ramsaur holds a B.A. from Lanbuth University and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Dave Yoder - Mr. Yoder served as Executive Director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee from 1993-2015, and Executive Director of Legal Services of Northwest Indiana from 1983-1993. He holds a B.A. from Purdue University and J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.

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Tennesseans for Historical Justice is a Tennessee non-profit 501c3 corporation.  Our mission is to uncover the truth about racial violence in Tennessee in order to achieve justice, conciliation and healing across our state.

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