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Lynching Memorial to be Erected in Mt. Vernon

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Unveiling is planned for Oct. 24

A memorial will be unveiled this month honoring lynching victims in Mt. Vernon. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:

USI’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Posey County Circuit Court Judge James Redwine, and Mt. Vernon High School senior Sophie Kloppenburg, will dedicate the memorial commemorating seven African American victims of lynching and murder in Posey County in 1878.

A discussion is set for Sunday, October 23rd, at the Historic Hovey House on the town square in Mount Vernon, followed by the memorial’s unveiling at the southeast corner of the Posey County Courthouse Lawn.

The site is where Jim Good, William Chambers, Edward Warner and Jeff Hopkins were lynched.

Daniel Harrison, Sr., Daniel Harrison, Jr., and John Harrison were also killed at other sites in the Posey County community.

A grand jury was called to investigate the deaths but no one was ever indicted.

USI says the memorial will consist of a dual-sided historical marker with a QR code leading to more information from the university’s David L. Rice Library webpage.