The public is invited to a special celebration of equity and justice for the unveiling of the historic marker commemorating Benjamin Hance, a young Black man from Leonardtown who is the only documented lynching victim in St. Mary's County in 1887.
All Are Welcome:
The ceremony will take place at the Old Jail Museum, located on the lawn of the St. Mary's County Circuit Courthouse in Downtown Leonardtown, followed by a brief reception.
The commemoration will be highlighted by state and local dignitaries and special guests recounting Hance's story as well as vocal, dance and other artistic presentations from area high school students in recognition of justice and equity for all.
The official historic marker will also be unveiled to the public as a permanent reminder of Hance's story and hope for a better and more just society in the future.
On November 1, 2019, the St. Mary’s County Museum Division, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative and other local partners, held a well-attended Soil Collection Ceremony in commemoration of lynching victim Benjamin Hance at Port of Leonardtown Winery Park, where Hance was said to have died in 1887. The public and dignitaries present placed handfuls of soil in the two large glass jars, one of which traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, and became part of the National Memorial for Peace & Justice, and the other stayed in St. Mary’s County in the Old Jail Museum as part of an exhibit in commemoration of Hance's story.
To learn more about Benjamin Hance's story, check out this video: bit.ly/HanceVideo
This event is brought to you by the St. Mary's County Museum Division, the Friends of St. Clement's Island & Piney Point Museums, and other community partners.
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