Maryland's governor on Saturday posthumously pardoned 34 victims of racial lynching in the state dating between 1854 and 1933, saying they were denied legal due process against the allegations they faced.
“My hope is that this action will ... help to right these horrific wrongs and perhaps bring a measure of peace to the memories of these individuals,' Gov. Larry Hogan said.
It was a first-of-its-kind pardon by a governor of a U.S. state.Gov. Larry Hogansigned the order at an event honoring Howard Cooper, a 15-year-old who was dragged from a jailhouse and hanged from a tree by a mob of white men in 1885 before his attorneys could file an appeal of a rape conviction that an all-white jury reached within minutes.
“My hope is that this action will at least in some way help to right these horrific wrongs and perhaps bring a measure of peace to the memories of these individuals and to their descendants and their loved ones," Hogan said.Hogan and other state officials attended a ceremony in Towson, Maryland, next to the former jailhouse where Cooper was held. A historic marker was unveiled at the site in a partnership with the Baltimore County Coalition of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, the Equal Justice Initiative and Baltimore County.
House Speaker Adrienne Jones, the state's first Black and first female House speaker, described it as an important day when the governor, Attorney General Brian Frosh and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski — all white men — came together to “say that this was wrong ... in order to move forward into the next chapter." headtopics.com
“Memorializing the site where Howard Cooper was lynched gives us the opportunity to courageously confront the injustices of our past," Jones said.Earlier this year, the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project and students at Loch Raven Technical Academy petitioned Hogan to issue the pardon for Cooper. After receiving the request, the Republican governor directed his chief legal counsel to review all of the available documentation of racial lynchings in Maryland.
The sign unveiled Saturday said Cooper's body was left hanging from a sycamore tree “so angry white residents and local train passengers could see his corpse.”“Later, pieces of the rope were given away as souvenirs,” the sign says. “Howard's mother, Henrietta, collected her child's remains and buried him in an unmarked grave in Ruxton. No one was ever held accountable for her son's lynching."
The ceremony is part of a continuing effort by the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, a group of 13 county chapters that is working to document the history of lynching in the state.In 2019, a marker in Annapolis, the state capital, commemorated the five known Black men who were hanged or fatally shot without trial in Maryland's Anne Arundel County.
The Equal Justice Initiative has documented more than 6,500 racial lynchings in the country.Will Schwarz, who is president of the memorial project, described the posthumous pardons as a powerful moment in acknowledging the truth — a critical step toward reconciliation. He said the history of racial terror lynching in the United States has been ignored for so long that most people don’t know the scale of the problem. headtopics.com
“We have a responsibility to try and dismantle that machine of white supremacy and this is a big piece of it, acknowledging the violation of civil rights and of due process that were a part of these awful lynchings," Schwarz said.There have been 40 documented lynching cases in Maryland, Schwarz said. In some of those cases, the victims were not yet arrested, so they were not part of the legal system and not eligible for the posthumous clemency approved Saturday by Hogan.
Two years ago, state lawmakers created the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is the first of its kind in the nation. The commission was formed to research lynchings and include its findings in a report. Read more: MSNBC »
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Pardoning people who were never convicted of anything is not just performative, it is hurtful. This is morally right - and smart politics for a potential Rep presidential candidate. Kind of feel like there are more important things to be working on CaliEnAlertaRoja SOSCALICOLOMBIA CortePenalInternacional ONU
A little late, don't you think?... dum dum dum dum dum 🙄 Now do Rand Paul blocking passage of the anti Lynching bill in 2021 🛑 Larry is running for President. He thinks this will help get off the Republican stink My Question Is...What happened to the Perpetrators? The Victims Don't Need Pardons, They Need Restorative Justice in some form or fashion!
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Bout time. White supremacy at its finest when is this ever going to end Awww, that’s nice. I’m sure they really appreciate that. I’m sure that very comforting to them. Bravo. Let’s do more!! Prove Jim Crow wrong!!