Remembering those DeKalb residents lynched by racial terrorists
Lynching Marker To Be Unveiled In Front of DeKalb Courthouse
The DeKalb Remembrance Project will dedicate and unveil a marker to remember the African Americans that were lynched in this county. The ceremony will take place March 29th at 2:00 p.m., at the Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr., Decatur, GA 30030. Procession to the front of the court house where marker will be unveiled. RSVP here to attend this event
Anti-lynching activities were among the first human rights initiatives undertaken by the NAACP since 1955 in Dekalb County. In early 2018, the DeKalb County Branch of the NAACP voted to partner with the Equal Justice Institute (EJI) of Montgomery, Alabama and to create an ad hoc committee whose sole purpose would be to establish a memorial to the DeKalb County victims of lynching. A coalition of more than fifty individuals and organizations have joined the NAACP DeKalb in this endeavor.
After the ceremony there will be a procession from the auditorium to the front of the court house where marker will be unveiled. Two additional markers are planned for installation in DeKalb county. One marker is planned for Lithonia on April 4, 2020. The other marker honoring will be installed in a Druid Hills neighborhood in the City of Atlanta portion of DeKalb Countyed
Compete in the NAACP DeKalb and Lithonia Remembrance Projects Writing and Art Contest.
Volunteers meet to finalize Remembrance Project Plans
Dee Smith, chairperson of Remembrance Project, lead volunteers through the final steps of preparation for the unveiling of the REMEMBRANCE MEMORIAL MARKER that will be placed in Decatur on March 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr. Decatur, GA 30030. After the ceremony there will be a procession to the court house where the marker will be unveiled.
Life Member Receives Plaque
Dee Smith, chairperson Remembrance Project, presents Rev. Robert V. Thompson his life membership plaque from the NAACP. Rev. Thompson has been active in preparing for the remembrance marker that will be dedicated on March 29, 2020 in Decatur, GA.
History of the Remembrance Project
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQTv4lXT_X4
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