Should lynching sites be under included in our National Park system?
Our Commission of our City of St. Augustine had promised to put a lynching market in the Plaza, but in a negative Profile in Courage, City burghers delayed and voted to change their minds: the Isaac Barrett lynching market was installed instead near the Visitor Center. (Is this relocation mute testimony to the apparent influence of misguided animus and animadversions on our City of St. Augustine, as expressed by a few insolent insurrectionists at Commission meetings?)
Kudos to Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen for his requesting study of adding lynching sites to the National Park system. A survivor of childhood polio and a longtime civil rights advocate, Rep. Cohen is a fourth generation Memphian, a Democrat, who served 24 years in the Tennessee State Senate. Rep. Cohen was elected to Congress in 2006 and now Chairs the House Judiciary. Committee's Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee.
Rep. Cohen was the former advisor to the Memphis Police Department, and graduated from the Cevil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University in 1973 (thirteen years before I graduated from that same law school, later renamed the University of Memphis).
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