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Memorial To Honor the 150 Black Women who were Lynched

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24_13mayhornBy Yolanda Spivey

A memorial is being held to honor and pay libations to the 150 Black women who were lynched in America during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The event, “In Remembrance of Our Sisters: 150 Black Women Who Were Lynched in the U.S. Between 1870-1957,” will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00pm sharp in Philadelphia, PA.  The event organizers are requesting that everyone in attendance wear white, and encourage attendees to bring their children to “witness the healing and learn the forgotten history.”

Your Black World spoke with event organizer Iya Marilyn Kai Jewett, who said that the  article written on Your Black World’s platform, “Let’s Not Forget, Black Women Were Lynched Too” was the catalyst for putting the event together.

She stated, “After reading the accounts of the lynching’s, the Egun (ancestors) spoke to me and directed me to do something so they will be remembered. I broke down and cried like a baby because I could feel the horror and pain that these women endured.”

Just to recap the article, there were over 150 documented lynching’s of Black women in the United States between 1850-1957.  These women, many of them young girls, were raped and tortured before they were hung.  Some of them were burned alive and had their babies cut from their stomachs as they were murdered.  The babies, who were also alive, were then stomped to death by the white men who murdered their mothers.

Dr. Boyce Watkins wrote an article recently highlighting the case of Mary Turner.  It was noted seven years on the very same day, after the death of Mary Turner and her child, Malcolm Little who the world knows as Malcolm X was born.

Iya Marilyn Kai Jewett states that she hopes this event will serve as a history lesson to today’s youths—that they must never forget that these atrocities happened in America’s history.

“Even if you can’t get to the event, go to the website and remember those women—not just those women, but remember your ancestors.  When you’re in trouble, or need to vent, call on your ancestors,” stated Jewett.  She believes that the reason why there are so many issues in the Black community today is because Black people are not connected to their ancestors.

Here are the event details:

In Remembrance of Our Sisters:

150 Black Women Who Were Lynched in the U.S. Between 1870-1957


3:00PM Sharp

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Congo (Washington) Square

6th & Walnut Streets

Philadelphia, PA