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100th Year Community Remembrance Ceremony for Will Brown
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100TH YEAR COMMUNITY REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY
For Will Brown and victims of racial violence

On Sept. 28, 1919, Will Brown, after being falsely accused of a crime, was tortured, shot, and set on fire in front of the Douglas County Courthouse while thousands of spectators watched. Few members of
the murderous mob were ever charged with crimes. Omaha has yet to reckon with this painful history but is beginning to take steps forward. At the ceremony, local leaders will offer remarks about this tragic event and its relevance 100 years later. A soil collection ceremony will take place, with representatives from the Equal Justice Initiative on hand to
collect soil to be displayed in The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. Additional events, including the installation of a memorial marker, are also being planned as paths for racial reconciliation in Omaha begin to take shape.

Open to the public. RSVPs appreciated: bit.ly/1919ceremony

Want to learn more and get involved? Contact:
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Location Douglas County Courthouse - 1701 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68183 - North steps
Sponsored by the City of Omaha Mayor’s Office, Douglas County Commissioners, Great Plains Black History Museum, Omaha
NAACP and Omaha Community Council for Racial Justice and Reconciliation, which is a network of organizations and citizens
that have come together to coordinate efforts to memorialize victims of lynching in Douglas County, Nebraska, and to raise
awareness of the community’s legacy of racial violence and injustice.