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Historical Marker for Cook County's Only Lynching Victim

Updated: Apr 11, 2019

During the March board meeting a resolution was introduced, and unanimously passed, to install a historical marker memorializing the location of the lynching of William Bell.

Cook County, in partnership with the DuSable Museum and University of Illinois at Chicago, will install this marker from the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) for Bell as he is the lone known victim of a lynching in Cook County. To date, 4,400 victims of lynchings that took place between 1877 and 1955 have been memorialized.

EJI's creation of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice memorializes lynchings in over 800 counties where there are known to have occurred. Open to the public since April 26, 2018, the memorial aims to create a meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on America's history of racial inequality.


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