Confronting the Horrific Legacy of Lynching in Maryland


By AFRO Staff

The last recorded lynching in the state of Maryland occurred Oct. 18, 1933, when George Armwood, a 23-year-old laborer was murdered in Princess Anne on the state’s Eastern Shore. The heinous details of Armwood’s murder horrified the state’s Black community and galvanized the burgeoning civil rights community. Armwood was just one of dozens of Black men, women and children who were the victims of White terrorist murder in Maryland over the centuries.

“Lynching in Maryland: The Journey from Truth to Reconciliation,” is a conference that will confront that grim history of lynchings in Maryland.The conference will take place Oct. 13, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, located at 830 E. Pratt St. Registration for the conference begins at 9:30 a.m., with a start time of 9:45 a.m. The conference concludes at 1 p.m. It will coincide with the 85th anniversary of Armwood’s murder.

Between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War II, more than 4,000 Black Americans were lynched in the United States; at least 40 of those were in Maryland.

Lynching in Maryland: The Journey from Truth to Reconciliation conference will be moderated by Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, host of Today With Dr. Kaye, on WEAA-FM, professor at Loyola University and a columnist for the Baltimore AFRO-American Newspaper.

Speakers include: Evan Milligan, Equal Justice Initiative; Billy Murphy, Murphy, Falconer and Murphy, attorney for Freddy Gray family; Ben Jealous, Democratic candidate for Governor; Dr. Nicholas Creary, Bowie State University; Ryan Cox, MD State Archives; Jim Wyda, Federal Public Defender; Jake Day, Mayor of Salisbury, Md.; Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun columnist; David Armenti, MD Historical Society and Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Md. State Delegate.



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