The Dekalb County Remembrance Project

The DeKalb County Branch of the NAACP is working with the Equal Justice Initiative of Montgomery, Alabama and a growing number of partner organizations to remember victims of lynching in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Help us remember our loved ones: DONATE

Compete in the NAACP DeKalb and Lithonia Remembrance Project Art Contest. See full details.

The project is complex and multifaceted, and we need your help. Volunteer today for:

  • Fundraising – partner recruitment; donor identification; solicitation; budget and finance;
  • Educational/Scholarship – connecting with local schools/universities; raising awareness; soliciting essays; grading essays
  • Publicity/Social Media – all media and marketing skills welcome!
  • Theatrical Event – selection of local playwright; assistance in production

If you’d like to learn more or volunteer to participate in the work of one or more of the subcommittees please either contact or Dee Smith at 

History of the Remembrance Project

Flowers placed at memorial in Montgomery, AL in honor of lynching victims in Dekalb County

The work began in 2018 with a civil rights day trip to Montgomery, AL to visit the museum and memorial established by EJI to the victims of racial terrorism, and is moving into its second phase, which includes an essay contest for secondary school and college students and development of a substantial program of Remembrance Memorials and activities.
September 18, 2019, Interfaith Service is the official kickoff to our Journey of Remembrance and Reconciliation. The project is gaining momentum for its third phase, which includes approval by the Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County to erect a marker in Decatur Square; placement of a second marker in Lithonia; and collaboration with EJI to move the marker from Montgomery to Decatur, along with an iron or steel module bearing the names of DeKalb’s lynching victims. These and other related activities will be celebrated during a series of events culminating in an unveiling ceremony and reception. Details of the events will follow.

Excerpts from an excellent video by Tia Mitchell for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution  See full video

Please support this project financially by donating today