National Memorial for Peace and Justice

A column memorializing two unknown Denton County lynching victims sits at the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., in 2018. The memorial features 800 permanently hanging corten steel columns memorializing the more than 4,000 known African American victims of racial terror. Behind the memorial, each column has a replica such as this one that can be claimed by the county in recognition of the lynchings that occurred.

The public is invited to an organizational meeting on Juneteenth with representatives of the local NAACP and several African American churches to discuss a new community historic marker. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Denton Record-Chronicle office, 3555 Duchess Drive. 

The Equal Justice Initiative, the Alabama nonprofit that opened the National Memorial to Peace and Justice in 2018, has approved a proposal from local historians to commemorate lives lost to lynching in Denton County. The meeting's agenda will include a discussion about the marker's placement in the county. 

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