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Memorial For Historic Lynching Victim

22 July 2018 News

Members of the Winchester chapter of the NAACP are interested in marking the site of a historic lynching in Frederick County with a roadside marker or plaque. The group intends on getting approval from the state Department of Historic Resources to memorialize the lynching of William Shorter in 1893. The Equal Justice Initiative reported in 2015 that 84 such lynchings occurred in Virginia history. While monuments and markers cover the landscape of historic Virginia, no such marker yet denotes the racial violence committed in the past. “People need to know how widespread that was and how wrong it was,” said Gwen Walker, president of the Winchester NAACP, which includes Clarke and Frederick Counties.


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