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Salisbury Mayor Announces Group to Create Lynching Memorial

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Salisbury will be create a memorial that marks the lynching of African Americans in Wicomico County.

The Lynching Memorial Task Force will work to create the permanent monument.

Mayor Jake Day’s announcement is part of an effort by Maryland to note the history of lynchings in the state.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that at least three black men were lynched in Salisbury.

One took place in 1898 when Garfield King was accused of shooting a white man.

In 1931 23-year-old Matthew Williams was accused of killing his employer and was dragged from a hospital bed and lynched in downtown Salisbury.

Meanwhile, the burned body of another black man during those events was found the next day but has never been identified.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.