Margaret ”Sis” Vinegar, like countless other Black girls and women of her day and beyond, never saw justice during her short life. But she is now memorialized in Lawrence’s history with a marker, dedicated in her honor Saturday evening.
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.
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.
“The ‘Free State Narrative’ is toxic to understand what really happened in Kansas and obscures how much the state did not live up to its purported openness and tolerance,” Kerry Altenbernd writes in this column.
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.
Despite pouring rain for most of Saturday, dozens of community members stopped by The Lawrence Times’ party at South Park. Kerry Altenbernd spoke on abolitionist John Brown, among other attractions.
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