Friday, August 18, 2017
Straight Swap: Lynching Memorial for Confederate Memorial in Danville
In Danville, Kentucky, where I live, there is a Confederate monument in the park between my church and my college. It is supposedly of a local resident, but is looks like a generic Robert E. Lee-type officer. It was erected in 1910 -- not in the aftermath of the Civil War, but at the height of Jim Crow. My favorite part is the caption on the back - What They Were, The Whole World Knows.
Heh, heh. I'll buy that.
Which is why the monument should come down.
I learned this week that a black man was lynched in Danville in 1866. He was killed by a mob of Danvillians right in this same park.
The Equal Justice Initiative is making a memorial pillar for each lynching victim, to be erected near Montgomery Alabama. One excellent feature of their plan is that an identical pillar be erected in the place where the lynching took place.
I propose a straight swap. Take down the Confederate memorial in Danville, and erect a lynching memorial in the same spot.