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June 1st 2015 marks 119 years since the lynching of Will Miles and Jesse Slayton at the intersection of 11th Street and Broadway.
During a memorial service Johnnie Warner, the founder of the Columbus Black History Museum explains why the historic episode is so important going forward. “Black lives do matter, we must take situations like this one okay and try and correct this problem we have today,” said Warner.
“We should take this situation and demand respect. Take this situation and demand apologies, and demand atonement so we can come together as a people, black people and white people.”
According to Warner, on June 1st, 1896 an angry mob with guns and a noose went into the courtroom, shot Slayton dead and then hanged him. Will Miles was taken from the city jail, hanged, and shot repeatedly.
Organizers say Miles and Slayton should be remembered and memorialized in order to move forward as a color blind community.