Members of the NAACP began working on what they call the DeKalb Remembrance Project shortly after returning from a 2018 trip to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala.
DeKalb is believed to be just the second government entity in Georgia to formally acknowledge the lynchings that occurred within its borders.
DeKalb County is the first in Metro Atlanta to officially partner with the Equal Justice Initiative in recognizing the lynchings that took place in the county. The NAACP is leading an effort to organize a week of events in September that are book-ended by the unveiling of two lynching markers, an EJI lynching monument is also in the works. Video by RYON HORNE and TIA MITCHELL
The marker mentions the lynchings of four black men in Redan, Lithonia and Druid Hills between 1887 and 1945.
“Each of these lynchings terrorized the black community, and the perpetrators of these lawless acts were not held accountable,” the marker states. “Memorializing these known and unknown victims reminds us to remain persistent and diligent in the pursuit of justice for all.”
The DeKalb NAACP also held essay contests for high school and college students with scholarship prizes totaling up to $17,000, to celebrate the new marker.