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Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project 

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Remembering the victims of racial terror lynchings in Jacksonville

Jacksonville's racial terror lynchings were part of an epidemic of lynchings that took place across 20 states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950.

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Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project 

A crucial component of reducing barriers to opportunity is a better understanding of our community’s history, even — or perhaps especially — when it is harrowing.


That is why 904WARD is partnering with the Equal Justice Initiative on the Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project ("JCRP") to remember the legacy of racial terror lynchings in our city.


With a stronger understanding of the legacy of racial terror lynchings on our community, we believe Jacksonville will be better equipped to understand and reduce barriers to opportunity for all citizens.

About the Equal Justice Initiative: The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) conducted research identifying more than 4,400 African-American men, women, and children who were killed in racial terror lynchings in its report Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror.


This effort informed the creation of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, as well as historical markers in local communities where racial terror lynchings took place.


These lynchings were not about the guilt or innocence of the person murdered. They were a tool of racial control, intended to instill fear in black communities and suppress their civil rights.

Jacksonville Racial Terror Lynching Victims 

Unknown #1 Man - LYNCHED ON MAY 9, 1909

Benjamin Hart - LYNCHED ON AUGUST 24, 1923

John Morine - LYNCHED ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1919

Eugene Burnam - LYNCHED ON DECEMBER 30, 1923

Edgar Phillips - LYNCHED ON December 18, 1923

Willie Washington - LYNCHED ON JANUARY 31, 1925

Bowman Cook - LYNCHED ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1919

Unknown #2 Man - LYNCHED ON February 9, 1925


The JCRP needs volunteers to support in the following areas: 

Community Education; Soil Collection & Historical Markers; Montgomery Pilgrimages; Research & Publication; Truth & Reconciliation  

To volunteer, please visit our volunteer page for more details. 

If you believe you may be a descendant of lynching victims, please contact us at

Pilgrimage To Montgomery

Are you interested in joining 904WARD and the JCRP on a Pilgrimage to Montgomery to visit the Legacy Museum? Contact ReGina


Community Interviews Conducted As Part Of The Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project

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