Local activist to honor Salisbury lynching victim
A local activist is looking to bring light to an important chapter in history here on Delmarva. This Friday will mark the 120th anniversary of the lynching of an 18 year black teenager that happened near downtown Salisbury.
Garfield King was in jail for reportedly shooting a white man, but the community apparently didn't want to wait for justice to be served and took the law into their own hands. A mob reportedly broke into the jail King was at and lynched him near the Wicomico County court house.
James Yamakawa, a local activist says the event should be remembered because some of the racial tension experienced back then can still be found today.
"The first thing we have to do is tell the truth about what happened, and how it connects to today. And once we do that then we can actually forward together as a community into the future," says Yamakawa.
Local activists will be remembering King this Friday. They will host a brief service at 7 PM in front of Wicomico County Court House.