CEREMONY COMMEMORATING 1922 MURDER OF BLACK MAN RESCHEDULED

By LORETTA FULTON

A ceremony commemorating the murder of a black man in Abilene in 1922 has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 27.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at 341 Ash. St., where Grover C. Everett of Sulphur Springs was shot to death at the Joe Davis Hotel for “negroes” on Saturday night, Sept. 9, 1922. According to accounts in the Abilene Daily Reporter, Everett’s violent death was at the hands of “masked and robed men.”

The ceremony was rained out on April 13,  the original date. In case of bad weather on Saturday, the commemoration will be moved to the Hurd-Scott Fellowship Hall at New Light Baptist Church, 518 N. Sixth St.

The Abilene ceremony is part of the Community Remembrance Project sponsored by the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, to bring attention to the history of lynching in the United States. The EJI uses the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s definition of lynching to refer to any violent death by a mob, not just by hanging.

Two jars will be filled with soil at the site. One will be taken next  month by a McMurry University class, led by Robert Wallace, to the EJI museum in Montgomery to sit alongside other jars of soil from lynching sites in the United States. The other will be kept on display at the Curtis House Cultural Center, 630 Washington St.

Guests at the April 27 event will be invited to process to the center, about three blocks from the Ash Street commemoration site, to take the jar of soil for display. A reception will be held at Curtis House and the jar will be placed in an enclosure at the center for viewing and safekeeping.

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