HBO Lovecraft Country is a series that mixes elements of horror and science fiction. The storyline features the mythology of famous horror fiction writer HP Lovecraft. Apart from the supernatural aspect, some plots were inspired by real events in American history. Here is a list of actual events featured in Lovecraft Country.
The true story of the Trumball Park benchmark
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In Episode 3, Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) purchases an abandoned house in a predominantly white neighborhood. She wants to repair the house and create a refuge for the black residents of the city. Although this is an exciting project for Leti, her sister Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku) is worried about the purchase of the house. As the White Neighbors watch in horror, Ruby refers to Trumball Park.
There is a real housing project called Trumball Park Homes in Chicago, Illinois. In 1953, the Chicago District Housing Authority moved a black woman named Betty Howard and her family into the housing project. For weeks, a race riot broke out. White residents attacked the family with stones, fireworks, etc. Soon after, the CHA decided to move more black families into the housing unit, inciting more violence.
Supernatural forces in the house aside, Leti and the black residents were terrified of their white neighbors. So there were undeniable parallels between the actual events and the spectacle. In addition, the Trumball Park riots took place in 1953, just before the period of Lovecraft Country.
The Story of Ji-Ah and Kumiho in “Lovecraft Country”
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A major plot of the series was Atticus’ life during the Korean War. While serving in South Korea, he meets a woman named Ji-Ah (Jamie Chung). On the surface, she’s a nursing student helping fallen soldiers on the battlefield. But below, she hides a sinister secret. Ji-Ah is secretly a Kumiho, a creature found in Korean folklore.
According to legend, the supernatural creature can transform into a beautiful woman, seduce men and eat their hearts. In the series, Atticus forms a romantic relationship with Ji-Ah. But, he ran away after seeing his natural form.
‘Lovecraft Country’ presents the famous Denmark Vesey Saloon Bar
In the series, Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) searches for his missing father, Montrose (Michael K. Williams). He visits a bar in Chicago called the Denmark Vesey Saloon. While it may appear to be a fictional bar, the location has a grim history. The name of the bar comes from a former slave named Denmark Vesey, who organized a slave rebellion among many plantations in America. Eventually, he was convicted and hanged for the crime. Other men, including her son, were also found guilty.
The terrifying story of “Sundown Towns”
In episode 1, Atticus, George and Leti find themselves trapped in a “Sunset city. The term refers to predominantly white neighborhoods that did not allow blacks in the area. If a black ended up in a ‘Sundown Town’ after dark, the white residents resorted to illegal practices ranging from Death threats. Moreover, the rule went beyond the southern states. Any state or city in the United States could be classified as “Sundown Town.”