Savannah Shepherd on Lynching in Delaware
- Special Events
- 09.12.2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
“We Need to Remember Our History Before We Can Begin to Make Our Future Better:” Savannah Shepherd’s Research on the History of Lynching in Delaware
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:30 pm
Free to Members and the Public
Reservations Required at historicmilton.org/events or 302-684-1010
After sixteen-year-old Delaware native, Savannah Shepherd visited her cousin Bryan A. Stevenson’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, she returned home determined to document and bring attention to Delaware’s only recorded lynching. In 1903, George White was burned alive and mutilated in front of a crowd of thousands in New Castle County, Delaware. White’s lynching is one of the most horrific acts of racial terror in our state’s history.
Shepherd’s research into and documentation of this event led to a June 23, 2019 historical marker dedication on the site of the lynching in New Castle County. It was attended by Delaware State Senator Darius Brown (District 2), United States Senator Chris Coons, United States Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (Delaware’s At-Large Congressional District), and Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project.
Soil collected at the site of the lynching will be unveiled at the Milton Historical Society’s “Walking into Greatness: Bryan A. Stevenson” exhibition in conjunction with Ms. Shepherd’s talk on her work to raise awareness about the history of lynching in Delaware.
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