10-21-11: Looking Back at a Lynching
There are many accounts of the 1933 robbery in Princess Anne, Md., of Mary Denston, a white woman, and lynching of suspect George Armwood, a black man. Some say she was raped, others say she wasn’t.
What is clear is that Armwood was beaten, cut, hanged, and ultimately burned. Can the story of what happened before that ever be set straight? And can the racial divide in its wake be surmounted in Somerset County?
Kirkland Hall hopes so. He’s the president of Somerset County’s branch of the NAACP, and he started the George Armwood Remembrance Coalition. The Coalition is hosting an event on Saturday to bring together several writers who have told Armwood’s story, descendants of George Armwood and Mary Denston, and civic leaders from around the county.
Today Kirkland Hall tells Sheilah more about the lynching, its legacy, and the event he hopes will begin some healing.
The event takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, in the Student Services Building theater. You might also be interested in Sheilah’s visit to a Frederick County farm that became a way-point on the Underground Railroad a generation after the farm had slaves working on it: