March 1, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
At the corner of Union and Clay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 where the lynching took place.
This historical and spiritual Ceremony will consist of messages from local faith and community leaders such as Pastor Anthony Walton, Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Dr. Scott Matthews, Dr. Rudy Jamison, , soulful singing by Akia Uwanda, drummers from the St. Johns Youth Academy, Lavilla School of the Arts Chior, local poets, and more.
Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) believes that truthfully acknowledging this history is vital to healing and reconciliation. As part of its effort to help towns, cities, and states confront and recover from tragic histories of racial violence and terrorism, EJI is joining with communities to install historical markers at the sites of lynchings.
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has documented over 4000 terror lynching of African Americans in 12 Southern states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950. EJI researchers developed a definition of racial terror lynching — An African American victim was killed in the 1877-1950 time period, in the United States, by two or more white perpetrators acting illegally/extrajudicially, who committed the violence with impunity. Of the group, 311 of these women, men, and children were lynched in the State of Florida, and 7 were lynched in Duval County.
The lynching of African Americans during this era was a form of racial terrorism intended to intimidate black people and enforce racial hierarchy and segregation. Lynching was most prevalent in the South. After the Civil War, violent resistance to equal rights for African Americans and an ideology of white supremacy led to fatal violence against black women, men and children accused of violating social customs, engaging in interracial relationships or crimes. Community members who spoke against racial terror were themselves often targeted by violent mobs. Lynching became the most public and notorious form of racial terror and subordination directed at black people and was frequently tolerated or even supported by law enforcement and elected officials. Though terror lynching generally took place in communities with functioning criminal justice systems, lynching victims were denied due process, often based on mere accusations, and pulled from jails or delivered to mobs by law officers legally required to protect them. Millions of African Americans fled the South to escape the climate of terror and trauma created by these acts of violence.
Despite the legacy of racial terrorism and injustice, many communities where lynchings took place have invested significant resources in erecting markers and monuments that memorialize the Civil War and the Confederacy, but raised very few monuments or memorials that address the history and legacy of lynching in particular or the struggle for racial equality more generally.