Willie Washington

Lynched on January 31, 1925

Soil Collection on February 21, 2021

Willie Washington, a 22-year-old chauffeur, was shot inside his family’s downtown home on Jan. 31, 1925 after a weeklong manhunt for a nameless Black man who had attacked a white society woman.

What happened after the shooting made his death a lynching.

“The body of the negro was placed on exhibit yesterday at 11 o’clock following a conference of local officials,” the Times-Union reported at the time.

“It remained on view in the rotunda of the county jail until 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. During the day hundreds of persons streamed through the rotunda viewing the remains of the brown criminal who stirred Jacksonville to a pitch of excitement not experienced in decades.”

As published in the Florida Times Union on February 19, 2021

Program

Mistress of Ceremony: Kimberly Allen, PhD 

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”……...………………………………….. Matthew Johnson Soloist 

Prayer ……………………………………………………………………... Hazzan Jesse Holzer   Cantor of the Jacksonville Jewish Center 

Purpose …………………………………….....……..….. Melanie Patz & Lynn Sherman 

Prayer ………………………………………………………………………….Bishop John Guns  St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 

“The Legacy of Racial Injustice” ………….……………………………………......Video 

The Lynching of Willie Washington .…………………….………... Scott Matthews   Professor of History, Florida State College at Jacksonville 

Spoken Word ……………………………………………………………..………………... Reign  Poet 

“An Era of Truth and Justice”…………………..……..……………..……..Kayla Vinson  A Law Fellow  Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, Alabama 

A Message to the Community …………………………………………...Hope McMath  Yellow House  

The Soil Collection  

African Talking Drums…………..Adrian Rhodes 

“We Shall Overcome”……………….…………………………...……. Jametoria Burton Soloist 

Closing Prayer ……………………………………………………...Reverend Susan Rogers Dismissal to Virtual Caring Circles 

The soil collected at the site of the crime will fill two jars: One to be sent to EJI’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and one to be retained locally.