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.
Following a successful launch in March, a second community meeting will be held in Prince George’s County to organize and begin planning community remembrance projects commemorating the five documented lynchings that took place there. New members are welcome! Please plan on joining us!
The Prince George’s County meeting will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 2p to 4p at the University Christian Church in Hyattsville. To register, click 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.