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Watching Matthew Roberts joyously spin and leap through the natural beauty of Mountain Creek State Park, you might not realize the dance piece was created in memory of a man who was lynched nearby nearly 150 years ago.

Reuben Johnson was left strung from a tree in southwest Dallas County for 30 days after being killed on Dec. 27, 1874, for refusing to back the false alibi of a criminal suspect.

At one point in choreographer Adam W. McKinney’s Promise Me You’'ll Sing My Song, Roberts twists his torso and limbs between the branches of a tree to produce pleasing geometric shapes. Read more here >>.

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