DeKalb NAACP Remembrance Project installs marker for Druid Hills lynching victim Porter Turner

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The DeKalb County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s  (NAACP) Remembrance Project installed its third lynching marker on Thursday, May 6, at Oak Grove Park located in the Druid Hills community.

The Druid Hills marker commemorates Porter Turner, a black taxi driver who was killed on Aug. 21, 1945 by the Ku Klux Klan.

“We are planning to host a virtual dedication to allow the community at-large to attend. This project has become a personal project for educating our community on some major historical facts during these troubling times of health, economics and democracy crisis,” said DeKalb NAACP President Teresa Hardy.

The Community Commemorative Project has documented 592 lynchings across America,  four of them in DeKalb County.

The first marker, commemorating Reuben Hudson, was erected in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur on May 14, 2020.

On Feb. 24, 2021, the DeKalb NAACP unveiled the second historical marker at Kelly Park, located in the heart of the City of Lithonia.  The Lithonia marker commemorates the lynchings of Hudson and two unidentified black men that took place in Lithonia as well as other places throughout America after Reconstruction was abandoned in 1877. Following the Civil War, white mobs, in resistance to rights mandated for African Americans freed from slavery, terrorized and lynched thousands of blacks between 1877 and 1950 across America.

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