More than 4,000 black Americans were lynched in the United States between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War II. These were often public spectacles, sadistic and grotesque displays meant to intimidate blacks and flaunt white superiority. They were acts of domestic terrorism. At least 40 racial terror lynchings occurred in Maryland
Despite the progress of the civil rights era, it’s clear that the legacy of racism endures in our country. We believe the injuries it still inflicts can't be healed until it is confronted. There must be truth before there can be reconciliation.
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project was created to advance the cause of reconciliation in our state by:
· documenting terror lynchings that took place in Maryland
· encouraging public discourse about this history and its continuing influence
· advocating for public recognition of these crimes
We believe these efforts will foster greater empathy and help us find a path to reconciliation.
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project will hold its fall conference, Lynching in Maryland, on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Morgan State University Student Center.
Details of the program will be announced soon, but the event is expected to focus on the many ways the legacy of lynching continues to be felt in Maryland. The program will also include updates on the work of the recently formed Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission. A working session for representatives of the various county coalitions will be held as well.
The 2019 conference will be co-sponsored by the Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education and the Lillie Carrol Jackson Civil Rights Museum.
Watch this space for further details. If you have already volunteered to help organize the conference, you will be contacted soon. If you would like to help, please CONTACT us.
BURN: The Lynching of George Armwood was recently awarded two 2019 Telly Awards in the non-broadcast category.
The film, which was produced for the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, documents the last known lynching in Maryland. It won a Silver Telly for Best Documentary - Non-profit and a Bronze Telly for Best Documentary - Individual.
The film had previously garnered a Spotlight Documentary Film Award and an IMPACT Docs Film Award. The film can be viewed HERE.
The Baltimore Sun recently published a powerful and poignant op-ed written by Dr. Nicholas Creary, Assistant Director at the Center for Diversity & Enrichment at the University of Iowa and a member of the board of directors of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project. In his essay, Dr. Creary argues that the newly created MD Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission offers the state a rare and long-awaited opportunity for meaningful reconciliation. You can read the op-ed HERE.
Professor Shytierra Gaston from Northeastern University is conducting a study entitled, “Accounting the Intergenerational Harms of Racial Violence.” This study documents the harms of racial violence for victims and their descendants in the short- and long-term.
Dr. Gaston is currently recruiting and conducting interviews with the descendants of lynching victims. The interviews will cover a range of topics, including the circumstances and impacts of the racial violence incident, the role of criminal justice actors (e.g., police), and descendants' wishes for justice and reconciliation. Interviews are expected to last one to two hours and will be conducted via video conferencing or in-person. Participants will receive $50 after the interview.
The interviews will be analyzed and compiled to produce findings for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and justice advocates. To learn more about this study or to schedule an interview, please contact Dr. Gaston by phone at (978) 315-0550 or by e-mail at email@example.com.