City of Lawrence joins coalition erecting lynching memorial

November 15, 2019 - 6:44 pm

The city of Lawrence has joined a community collation to memorialize the lynching of three men near downtown in 1882.

The Lawrence chapter of the NAACP is working with the Equal Justice Initiative to erect a historical marker with information about the lynching. The city commission recently voted unanimously to become a member of the Community Remembrance Coalition.

Mayor Lisa Larsen says she thinks joining the coalition signifies that the city supports the NAACP’s efforts and the need to recognize the lynching as part of the city’s history.

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