Maryland to memorialize lynching victim from 136 years ago

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials will memorialize a 15-year-old Black boy who was lynched in a Baltimore suburb nearly 136 years ago.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Howard Cooper will be memorialized with a marker and ceremony on Saturday in Towson, Maryland.

The ceremony is part of an ongoing effort by The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project.

It’s a group of 13 county chapters that are working to document the history of lynching in Maryland.

The group also is working to advance the cause of reconciliation in the state and advocate for public acknowledgment of lynchings.

Cooper was convicted by an all-white jury that concluded within minutes that he was guilty of rape.

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