Replacement Unveiled for Stolen Lynching Memorial in Delaware

(from left) Sen. Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, Rep. Kendra Johnson, Savannah Shepherd, Sen. Darius Brown, Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker and Rep. Franklin Cooke pose in front of new marker memorializing the lynching of George White on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Photo: Sarah Gamard/Delaware News Journal)

A new memorial plaque has been erected in Delaware to mark the 1903 mob lynching of a black man accused of raping and killing a white woman.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the plaque dedicated to laborer George White was unveiled Sunday, replacing one stolen over the summer.

The newspaper says White’s death is Delaware’s only documented lynching. White was burned alive at the stake, and the mob took pieces of his body as souvenirs. Gov. John Carney and other officials attended the unveiling ceremony.

Officials have said the original marker’s concrete footing would have made it difficult to remove. New Castle County officials issued a statement last month promising new, unspecified security measures to prevent another theft as the investigation continues.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com