One hundred and thirty-two years ago this October, a black man was dragged out of jail and lynched by a mob in Grand Forks North Dakota. The man, Charles Thurber, was accused of a horrible crime by two women, one of whom reportedly recanted her story. Thurber died without the benefit of a trial to attempt to clear his name.
No historic "truth and reconciliation" commission has ever been convened to examine the sordid facts of the Charles Thurber case. And no historic marker exists to acknowledge...
...this great historic wrong. The lack of a suitable historic marker was a local issue I cared about and tried repeatedly to raise while I lived in North Dakota from 2000 to 2005.
To read more details, check out the guest piece I wrote exclusively for blogger Don Allen's IBNN, click here.
I plan to write at least one more guest piece for Don Allen, maybe more if he will publish them. Peace and reconciliation is a good thing, even if it takes a long time to happen.