Coatesville >> State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, lately joined members of the Coatesville Ministerial Alliance, Merion Associates Assembly, Coatesville Higher Deliverance Church, the Coatesville NAACP, and others to recollect the dying of Zachariah Walker as a part of a Group Remembrance Venture of the Equal Justice Initiative.
The group gathered at Larger Deliverance Church in Coatesville and walked to the location on Route eighty two the place Walker was lynched and burned alive on Aug. thirteen, 1911. There, they worshiped in peace, sang gospel hymns, shared private testimony, and gathered soil to be preserved in perpetuity.
“We can’t overlook that lynching happened right here. Not within the deep south, however right here in Chester County,” Dinniman stated. “It begins with prejudice after which it turns into discrimination and prejudice in motion. After which what occurs is, if nobody stands up, it turns into institutionalized. It’s tolerated. You see, we had lynchings like what occurred right here, however nobody was ever convicted or confronted actual punishment for the crime.”
Soil from the lynching website was positioned in two glass jars – one to be housed in Chester County and the opposite to be completely displayed on the Equal Justice Initiative Museum deliberate for Montgomery, Alabama.
“The soil that was soaked with Zachariah Walker’s blood and his sweat and his tears was a part of a damaging act – a criminal offense that tarnished this group. However in the present day, we’re right here to rededicate this soil as a part of a restorative act. As an act of remembrance, unity, and an understanding of the injustice that occurred right here in order that it’s by no means permitted to occur once more. By no means once more,” Dinniman stated.
The Equal Justice Initiative goals to supply group members alternatives to participate in concrete acts of restoration, restoration, and hope as they confront historic acts of racial violence and create an surroundings the place there could be equal justice for all.
It plans to construct a nationwide memorial to victims of lynching and open a museum that explores African-American historical past from enslavement to mass incarceration. Each the museum and memorial shall be situated in Montgomery, Alabama.