Maryland panel on lynching begins yearlong study of killings

A Maryland commission that will research at least 40 lynchings that were committed in the state from 1854 to 1933 and make recommendations about reconciliation held its first meeting Monday in Annapolis. The Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission meeting was largely organizational, with members choosing an acting chairman and discussing future meetings. “We have never really looked at it, looked at the facts,” said Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, a Democrat who sponsored legislation this year to create the panel, which she described as the first statewide commission of its kind in the nation to take up the issue. (Balt. Sun)

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