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Salisbury group sets date for lynching memorial plaque downtown

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This article has been updated with the time and date of the event.

SALISBURY, Md.— After a long partnership in the making, the Salisbury Lynching Memorial Task Force and the Equal Justice Initiative have set a date to share the coming memorial marker in downtown Salisbury. 

A ceremony is set for May 22. 

The historical marker will honor the county’s three lynching victims: Garfield King, Matthew Williams and an unknown man. The task force said its marker will stand for years to come at the corner of Main and South Division streets — impossible to miss in front of the same courthouse where King and Williams were murdered. 

Task force member Gretchen Nichols said the spring Saturday event is planned to begin with a symbolic march at noon, progressing from TidalHealth Peninsula Regional’s parking lot at the corner of Route 13 and Carroll Street, to the courthouse lawn.

From there, a soil sample collection will take place from about 1:15 to 3 p.m. 

The old courthouse sits in downtown Salisbury, Maryland, on Sep. 3, 2020 — the site of the lynching of Matthew Williams in 1931 and Garfield King in 1898.

The community soil collection mirrors an effort undertaken in 2017 — collecting jars of soil from three lynching sites in Wicomico County, and in that case four in Somerset, to be displayed in the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

This time, the task force has said it hopes for higher youth and community participation. 

Participation in the ceremony itself is eyed for a 3 p.m. start. The city will livestream the speakers and marker unveiling, Nichols said, while in-person attendance is permitted with masks and social distancing required. 

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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