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'We're taking hold of history': 1898 Albemarle lynching remembered at outset of civil rights pilgrimage
The Daily Progress Saturday, July 07, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.

Two years in the making, a community civil rights pilgrimage began Saturday with a ceremony at the site of a lynching that took place in Albemarle County 120 years ago.

A public forum at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center followed the early-morning ceremony, giving local leaders and community members time to reflect on the 1898 murder of John Henry James and the legacy of lynching during the Jim Crow era a century ago.

On Sunday morning, a delegation of approximately 100 community members from Charlottesville and Albemarle will depart for a nearly weeklong trip to the new Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

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