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Washington County Community Remembrance Project Dedication and Ceremony on Saturday



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Patricia Morency, a mental health clinician in Counseling and Psychological Services at the U of A, and Tom Lackey, a long-time resident of the Fayetteville community, will be guest speakers at installation of a marker venerating the lives of three victims — Aaron, Anthony and Randall — of racial terror lynching in Washington County in 1856.

The Washington County Community Remembrance Project, established in 2018, consists of a multiracial group of Washington County community citizens who work in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, to remember and memorialize victims of racial terror lynching.

The Washington County Community Remembrance Project will unveil a memorial marker at the historic Oaks Cemetery, located south of the National Cemetery, at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 15, followed by a dedication and awards ceremony from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library. All members of the community are welcome to attend. To indicate your interest in attending, please RSVP.

The dedication and awards ceremony will feature guest speakers, food from Secondhand Smoke, local art, music from the St. James Baptist Church youth choir and the announcement of the winners of EJI’s Racial Justice Essay Contest. COVID precautions will be in place throughout the ceremonies.