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“Lynching in Maryland” Conference

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Topics to be addressed during the conference include pre-Civil War lynchings of free and enslaved Blacks, how the legacy of lynching continues to influence the Black vote and racial justice activism in Maryland.

Tickets for the virtual conference are priced at $10.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, primary sponsor of HB 307 (2019) the bill that created the MD Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission
  • Michael Pfeifer, Ph.D., Professor of History at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and a recognized authority on the history of lynching. Dr. Pfeifer will speak about pre-Civil War lynchings including that of Dave Thomas, in Denton, MD in 1854
  • Christopher Everett, Producer and Director of the acclaimed documentary, Wilmington on Fire, about the 1898 coup and massacre of the Black community in Wilmington, NC
  • Omar H. Ali, Ph.D., Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History at UNC Greensboro and author of “In the Lion’s Mouth: Black Populism In The New South, 1886-1900″
  • Tre’ Murphy, Deputy Director of Community Organizing for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and previously, Field Organizer at the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
  • Clory Jackson, Founder of the Brownsville Project and a leader of the Allegany County Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Committee 
  • David Fakunle, Ph.D., Chair of the MD Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Amber Green, Executive DIrector of the Fenix Youth Project, a non-profit supporting youth and the arts in Wicomico County


October 17
10:00 am - 12:30 pm