4th Annual Lynching in Maryland Conference

November 6, 2021 @ 9:30AM — 12:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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The Journey From Truth to Reconciliation

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The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project is holding our 4th annual "Lynching in Maryland" conference on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 9.30a to 12.30p. Once again this year, the conference will be held virtually due to the ongoing public health emergency.

As in years past, the program will include a variety of presentations, panel discussions and films that consider the history of racial terror lynching in Maryland, its lasting effects and efforts around the state to confront the truth so that healing and reconciliation might be achieved..

Program details are still being finalized, however the agenda will include:

  • JUST ADDED: Tuskegee Airman Lynched - A Baltimore-born Tuskegee airman overcame numerous obstacles to earn his wings and fly for his country in World War 2. In the waning days of the war, his P-51 was shot down and he was taken prisoner. Two days later, he was lynched by a Nazi-led mob. Learn his sad and shocking story and hear from one of his fellow Tuskegee airmen who flew alongside him on that doomed mission.
  • "The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State" - Charles Chavis, Ph.D. is Vice Chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission (MLTRC), a member of the MLMP Board of Directors and the author of a soon-to-be-published book on the 1931 lynching of Matthew Williams. Dr. Chavis will tell the incredible story of the remarkable revelations uncovered by his ground-breaking research into the gruesome crime. He will also discuss both the immediate and long-term effects of Wiliams' lynching on the Salisbury's historic Black community, which continues to suffer the fallout of a hate crime from 90 years ago.
  • Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission - Maryland is the first and only state in the nation to have created an investigative body of this type. The law requires the Commission to hold regional hearings around the state in communities where racial terror lynchings are known to have occurred. Now that those hearings have begun, a special panel will consider the potential benefits and risks of holding these hearings, what needs to happen for these hearings to advance the cause of racial reconciliation and how community coalitions and individuals can contribute to the success of the truth and reconciliation in the state. The panel will include lawmakers, Commissioners and county coalition leaders who will answer your questions about the Commission's work and how you can support it.
  • A Second Reckoning - John Snowden was a Black man accused of murdering a pregnant white woman in Annapolis in 1917. He was convicted by an all-white jury based on circumstantial evidence and executed by hanging in February 1919. It was the last "legal" lynching in Annapolis. Snowden's trial was tainted by judicial misconduct and overt racism. He steadfastly maintained his innocence. There was enough doubt about the legitimacy of the proceedings that Snowden was issued a posthumous pardon in 2001 by Governor Parris Glendenning. The Snowden case is the subject of a new book, A Second Reckoning, by historian/author Scott Seligman, whose previous books include The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902 and The Third Degree: The Triple Murder That Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice. Seligman will discuss the Snowden case and the need to address injustices of the past if racial reconciliation is to be realized.
  • Shine the Light of Truth! - Ida B. Wells Barnett, the iconic anti-lynching crusader who was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize last year, is portrayed by award-winning actress Debra Mims in a preview of her upcoming one-woman show, Shine the Light of Truth! In 2020 the Pulitzer Committee cited Ms. Barnett "for her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching." Ms. Mims' play imagines the journalist returning to accept her Pulitzer.

The response to our previous three conferences has been overwhelming. (Click to read the Washington Post article about our first conference.) Don't miss your chance to be a part of this important and powerful symposium.

We urge everyone to REGISTER NOW!