Candle light vigil honors life of unknown lynching victim
SALISBURY, Md. – Community members gathered on Thursday night, honoring the life of an unknown man, the last known lynching victim in Maryland.
The Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative hosted a candle light vigil to honor the life of that man, who was killed 88 years ago.
While the identity of the man who was killed was never found out, organizers tell 47 ABC it’s important to honor his life and his legacy.
Organizers also say remembering history, even painful history, is imperative, and that community members should be having conversations about these kinds of topics.
“There’s a momentum building across the country to really come to terms with this history and more importantly to actually wrestle with it, so it’s not just acknowledging it is actually finding out what it means,” James Yamakawa with the Wicomico Truth and Reconciliation Initiative said.
Organizers tell 47 ABC that the victim was found near Railroad Avenue in Salisbury and was around 35-years-old.