Our collective memory and our collective consciousness hold power. What we choose to remember as well as how we choose to remember is a reflection of the soul of our society.
The Equal Justice Initiative (Montgomery, AL) has documented nearly 6,500 African American victims of lynching in the United States between 1865-1950. At least one African American was lynched in Oregon. His name was Alonzo Tucker and he was lynched in Coos Bay, OR in 1902 in front of a crowd of 300.
On June 19, 2021 the Oregon Remembrance Project, the Coos History Museum, and the City of Coos Bay will install an Equal Justice Initiative historical marker in Coos Bay. One side will tell the story of lynching in America as a whole and the other side will tell the story of Alonzo Tucker. There were 300 people at the lynching and our goal is to have more than 300 people paying witness to that lynching on June 19.