Maryland governor pardons 34 victims of racial lynching

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has posthumously pardoned 34 victims of racial lynching in the state between 1854 and 1933 who were denied legal due process.

Hogan signed the order Saturday at an event honoring Howard Cooper. The 15-year-old was hanged from a sycamore tree by a mob of white men in 1885. Cooper was killed before his attorneys could file an appeal of a rape conviction reached by an all-white jury in minutes.

State officials attended a ceremony in Towson, Maryland, next to the former jailhouse where Cooper was held nearly 136 years ago.


PHOTO – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, far right, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski and Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones stand next to a new historic marker on Saturday, May 8, 2021 in Towson, Md., that memorializes Howard Cooper, a 15-year-old who was dragged from a jailhouse and hanged from a tree by a mob of white men in 1885. Hogan signed a posthumous pardon for 34 men, including Cooper, who were lynched in the state between 1854 and 1933 without due process against allegations they faced. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)


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