Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson
Discussion with author, Dr. Susan Burch
February 3, 2011
Junius Wilson (1908-2001) spent 76 years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including 6 in the criminal ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilty of any criminal charge. Yet, he was deaf and black in the Jim Crow South. Unspeakable is a fascinating biography that explores the complicated intersections of race and disability as well as of community and language, at a particular time in American history.