About a month ago, while driving in the outskirts of Tuscaloosa with friends we came upon a house with a noose in their front yard. I was in shock. I didn't make a big deal about it because it was a feeling that I've never really felt before. I've always heard of lynching and racism, but I've never seen it so upfront in my face.

Yesterday, a historical marker unveiling 8 men who were lynched in Tuscaloosa County was place in downtown Tuscaloosa on 6th Street.

The stories of the 8 men who were lynched are all horrible, including Andy Burke who was taken from police and lynched in 1884.

The Equal Justice Initiative is behind the markers and this is their 7th one they have unveiled, and plan to have more. The next marker will be in Georgia in a few weeks.


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