We seek to remember Henry Davis and the victims of all of the horrors rained down upon people of color by gathering at the Civil Rights Foot Soldier Memorial on 12/21 at 6:15 for 10 minutes of speeches then we will retrace much of the steps taken to bring awareness to the horrors and torture of the crimes committed against Henry Davis, stopping across from Asbury Church and ultimately arriving at Brewer Hill Cemetery (where Henry Davis is buried in an unmarked grave). We will again convene and call upon all attendees tO remember, recognize, reconcile the past with the present and commit to ongoing efforts to stand against the racism that continues to plague our county and to commit as a community to working together to eradicate it. We remind each other that no community or its deceased can "rest in peace" as long as there is an absence of justice.
On the evening of December 4th, 1931, in Salisbury MD, a white mob kidnapped and lynched a young black man named Matthew Williams. He was 23 years old. Despite having been witnessed by hundreds of local residents, the subsequent investigation into the lynching led to the conclusion that Matthew was murdered by “persons unknown.”
We invite you to stop by the courthouse and remember this young man, so he won’t be forgotten. The location will be marked early in the morning by a memorial wreath, picture, and educational materials.
If you are willing and able to during the day, leave flowers at the spot where Matthew died. (they will be gathered up at the end of the evening and taken to the graves at the Salisbury Potter’s Field)
While you are there, feel free to record your thoughts, tag this event, and use the hashtag
The MD Lynching Memorial Project works to advance the cause of reconciliation in our state by documenting the history of racial terror lynchings in Maryland, advocating for public acknowledgement of these murders and working to honor and dignify the lives of the victims.
To help achieve those goals, a half-day conference “Lynching in Maryland: The Journey from Truth to Reconciliation,” will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Reginald Lewis Museum in Baltimore. In addition to commemorating the 85th anniversary of the lynching of George Armwood, the conference will include presentations, films and discussions examining Maryland’s legacy of lynchings, the damage it continues to inflict and how we can begin to heal those injuries.