Black man lynched in Albemarle County memorialized

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV) — On Saturday morning, people gathered in a solemn ceremony to dig soil from the area where John Henry James was lynched in 1898. The soil will travel on a pilgrimage to a lynching memorial in Alabama.

Those there to dig James’ soil said this moment is only the beginning of recognizing the true and brutal past of African-Americans in the United States.

The ceremony was quiet, but more than a century ago, John Henry James was likely screaming out his last cries for help. Jalane Schmidt, a professor at the University of Virginia, did the research on James’ story.

“[They] put a noose over his neck,” said Schmidt. “Then dragged him to a…

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