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DeKalb County Remembrance Project | NAACP DeKalb Branch | Tuesday, 04. December 2018

The DeKalb County Branch of the NAACP is working with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) of Montgomery, Alabama, Georgia State University, and several DeKalb County organizations to create a memorial to victims of lynching in DeKalb County, Georgia. For the purpose of this project, lynching is defined as putting a person or persons to death by mob action without due process of law. This includes death by hanging, burning, shooting, etc. It usually includes cooperation by law enforcement officials. Lynching is a form of racial terrorism on Black Folk.
 EJI has documented over 4000 lynchings of African Americans in 12 Southern States between 1877 and 1950. Over 580 of these men, women and children were lynched in Georgia. Georgia had one of the highest numbers of lynchings, second only to Mississippi. Four to six people were lynched in DeKalb County. These numbers represent only the reported lynchings; the number of unreported lynchings is known only to God. While there are at least three memorials to the Confederacy, including one carved into the side of a mountain, there is NOTHING in the entire County to remind us that lynchings occurred in DeKalb County. IT IS TIME TO TELL THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT THE CONFEDERACY AND ITS LEGACY OF TERROR!
 On April 22, 2018, EJI opened in Montgomery, AL a museum and a memorial to the victims of racial terrorism. This is the only such museum and memorial in the USA. The DeKalb Branch has established an ad hoc committee to memorialize DeKalb’s known and unknow victims of racial terrorism. The DeKalb County Remembrance Project will proceed in three phases:
            Phase 1: A civil rights day trip to Montgomery, AL to experience the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and other civil rights museums.  The trip took  place on July 28, 2018.
            Phase 2: Currently targeted for September 2019 as a part of Remembrance Week, an essay contest for secondary and college students. The subject of the essays will center on the legacy of racial terrorism in today’s America.
            Phase 3: Erection of permanent monuments to memorialize DeKalb’s victims of racial terrorism: a) A permanent marker similar to the ones erected along Georgia roadsides by the Georgia Historical Society. The marker will tell the story of lynchings in DeKalb County, GA.  The Committee will arrange an unveiling ceremony. b) Placing an iron or steel module bearing the names of DeKalb’s known lynching victims in a prominent location. The module is a replica of the one at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL.  Again, the Committee will arrange an unveiling ceremony.
The Committee is working on getting land donated for the marker and for the module. Donor and sponsors are needed to bring these activites aot fruition.For more information, contact the office at 404-241 8006 or by email at naacpdek@comcast.com.