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Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:11

Rescheduled presentation about 1927 lynching

BANGOR On Thursday, Feb. 26, five Orono High School students will join writer and historian Stephanie Harp for 'The 1927 Project,' a presentation about an early 20th-century lynching in Little Rock, Arkansas. (The presentation, planned for earlier in the month, was rescheduled due to weather.) In 2013, Harp traveled to Arkansas to join descendants and relatives of those connected to the lynching to present historical and personal perspectives on what happened. 'The 1927 Project' will recreate that community discussion at the Orono High School-Middle School library, 6-7:30 p.m. The evening is free and open to the public.

Since this presentation was originally scheduled, the Equal Justice Initiative has published its list of 4,000 lynchings across 12 Southern states, U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves of Mississippi has sentenced three white men to long prison terms for the murder of a black man and the FBI is investigating a 1946 mass lynching at Moore's Ford Bridge, in Georgia. White violence against African Americans is not new nor is it confined to the pages of history.

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