A ceremony Friday on the north side of Lawrence City Hall honored the lives and memory of three Black men who were murdered by a white mob atop the Kansas River bridge on June 10, 1882.
Author and history professor Brent Campney said because Kansas was a “free state,” Kansans — particularly Lawrencians — have maintained the perception that their communities are more welcoming and accepting than they truly are.
A local coalition hopes to provide an avenue for community reconciliation with an often untold history as this week brings the 140th anniversary of the lynching of three Black men in Lawrence.
“On that Saturday morning by the Kansas River, as soil was scooped into glass jars and carnations placed on top of each, a spirit moved among the crowd. They had gathered there, near Lawrence City Hall, to commemorate the victims of a lynching nearly 140 years ago,” Clay Wirestone writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.
Remembering what happened to three Black men lynched in Lawrence more than 139 years ago is crucially important to improving racial equity now, Lawrence NAACP chair Ursula Minor said Thursday.
Soil recently collected from near where three Black men — Pete Vinegar, Isaac King and George Robertson — were lynched in Lawrence on June 10, 1882 will serve as the latest memorial of one of the community’s darkest days.
“A Black body is the most disposable body in America. America has proved this time and time again,” Free State High School student Ryan Brown read from her prize-winning essay Tuesday.
Though a final answer is likely still a few months away, work began Monday to solve a question that originated just over 139 years ago: where are the three Black men lynched in Lawrence in the summer of 1882 buried? One Kansas researcher is using ground penetrating radar technology to find out.
After 139 years to the day, community members will memorialize the deaths of three Black men who were lynched in 1882.
A small pink flag signifies an answer 138 years in the making: the burial location of Pete Vinegar, one of three Black men lynched in Lawrence in the summer of 1882.
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