Landmark commission begins tackling ‘unconfronted truth’ of racially motivated lynchings in Md.

A state panel will begin documenting Maryland’s 42 known racial terror lynchings, the first such government-backed commission created to confront a jurisdiction’s brutal history of lynchings and increase the public’s understanding of the practice. The Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission is expected to begin taking oral histories and collecting documents in the coming months as part of an intensive, three-year study of the killings, which were often by hanging and committed by perpetrators who were never held accountable. (Wash Post)

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