Delaware student’s quest to memorialize a lynching is inspiring

Rhonda Bryant is a national advocate for racial equity. Howard Stevenson is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. They lead an initiative called Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

On June 23, a historical marker will be dedicated in Prices Corner, Delaware, to memorialize the lynching of George White in 1903.

This long-overdue dedication, sponsored by the Delaware Legislative Black Caucus, Delaware Public Archives, Delaware Social Justice Remembrance Coalition, and Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), was sparked by the passion and actions of a young person.

Savannah Shepherd, a junior at Sanford High School, attended the opening of the National Memorial on Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

EJI spent years researching lynching victims across the United States, then erected the memorial to create a space to honor victims and their survivors — and to tell the truth about America’s legacy of genocide, slavery, lynching, and racial segregation. The organization’s hope was that memorializing this history would start a meaningful dialogue, build understanding, and spark healing.

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