In a first, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will posthumously pardon 34 victims of racial lynching who weren't given due process
- 34 people lynched in
Marylandwere posthumously pardoned by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
- The victims were denied legal due process between 1854 and 1933, the Baltimore Sun reported.
- A Hogan spokesman told Politico the pardon was the first of its kind by a governor.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan posthumously pardoned 34 victims of racial
The lynching came not long after he was convicted of assault and rape by an all-white jury that deliberated for less than a minute."In the interest of equal justice under law, I have made the decision to grant a posthumous pardon today for Howard Cooper," Hogan said during an outdoor ceremony in Towson, in which Cooper was memorialized, the Sun reported.
"And studying this case led me to dig deeper," Hogan added. "Today I am also granting pardons to all the 34 victims of racial lynchings in the state of Maryland which occurred between 1854 and 1933."Politico reported that Hogan's spokesman Michael Ricci said the pardon was the first of its kind by a governor. Will Schwarz, President of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, told Politico the pardons were a way to acknowledge the truth of racial violence and a step towards reconciliation.
"We have a responsibility to try and dismantle that machine of white supremacy and this is a big piece of it, acknowledging the violation of civil rights and of due process that were a part of these awful lynchings," Schwarz said.
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