Two UVA Wise students will present research at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the Dogwood Room in the Slemp Student Center on a project they did on lynchings in Wise County. Their work has recently been published.

“They have presented this material before and will give papers at various conferences coming up this spring,” History Professor Tom Costa said. “I am very proud of them and the work they did on this project.”

The students, Zoe Crihfield and Dylan Mabe, authored the essay with UVA Wise alumnus Thomas Noble and Costa. The essay has been posted online at


Zoe Crihfield is a junior history major at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She is in the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, serves as Student Government Association Vice President, and is an Early College Academy history mentor. Her historical interests include 20th century American history, Appalachian studies, and Women’s history. She plans to attend graduate school following her time at Wise.

Tom Costa is professor and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where he has taught since 1992. Trained in early American history, he directs the website “Geography of Slavery in Virginia“. He is currently working with a team memorializing lynchings in Wise County. This essay is the product of their research.

Dylan Mabe is an English and History major at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He is from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and a member of the Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Tau Delta. He spends his time reading and writing science fiction.

Thomas Noble is a high school history teacher and lives in Southwest Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in 2019 with a degree in History and Philosophy and a minor in Secondary Education.