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DeKalb County approves text for lynching marker

November 12, 2019 GMT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The DeKalb County commission in Georgia has approved the text that will be engraved on a marker that recognizes lynching victims in the county.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the commission revealed Tuesday that the marker will tell the stories of several African American men lynched in the county and how those lynchings racially terrorized black people in the area.

The paper says the marker is the county’s way of recognizing its history of racial terror from 1877 through 1950, where at least four black men were lynched.

Commissioner Jeff Rader says the marker is an effort to acknowledge the “wrongs of the past.”

The marker will stand outside the county courthouse in downtown Decatur.

DeKalb County NAACP Branch President Teresa Hardy says it’ll be unveiled on March 29, 2020.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com