Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vile History the Memorial to Lynching Victims Is Necessary

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vile History the Memorial to Lynching Victims Is Necessary

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The Equal Justice Initiativeis determined to ensure that one of the most shameful chapters in America's racial history not be allowed to disappear from memory. Next year, the Alabama-based legal rights organization will erect a memorial in Montgomery to the thousands of black citizens of all ages and genders lynched from the late 19th century through the dying days of Jim Crow.

Montgomery is an appropriate place; it was the scene of a particularly notorious lynching 106 years ago. At that time, an enraged mob fell upon John Dell, a black cab driver, and shot him dead after their plan to hang several black men held in custody for engaging in interracial sex was foiled. The murder of John Dell was another outrage against humanity that went unpunished.

The memorial will be placed near a new museum located in the Equal Justice Initiative's new headquarters. …

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