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Discussion on Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission At UMES

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md-Members of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission were at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday.

The commission was established earlier this year after House Bill 307 was passed.
 
The commission was tasked with investigating various lynchings that occurred in the state, in an effort to provide restorative justice for African Americans in Maryland.
 
Though the entire commission was not present at UMES, State Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk was one of the officials present at UMES today, and was the lead sponsor of the legislation. She delivered remarks at the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts at 11 a.m to students.
 
Dr. Marshall F. Stevenson Jr., Dean of the School of Education, Social Sciences and The Arts, was also in attendance, and is UMES’ designee who serves on the 18 person commission.
 
Melnyk shared with students the purpose behind the commission, its latest plans, and how the commission was formed.
 
She also urged that it’s up to the next generation to continue to strive for better race relations through their social work.
 
The commission has already begun holding public hearings where these lynchings are known to have occurred in the state.
 
They hope to include their findings and recommendations in a report to the governor and members of the General Assembly by the end of 2021.
 
At least 40 — all African American males — are known to have been killed by lynching in Maryland. The murders took place in 18 of the state’s 24 counties
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