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Marker will commemorate 1919 lynchings of John Morine and Bowman Cook

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Will Dickey
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Florida Times-Union
Lynn Sherman, left, and Melanie Patz, co-chairs of Jacksonville's Community Remembrance Project, hold jars that memorialize the lynchings of John Morine and Bowman Cook on Sept. 8, 1919.

When white men dragged Bowman Cook and John Morine from Duval County’s jail and lynched them a century ago, the killings were a sign of racist violence that menaced Blacks in Jacksonville.

When a marker is installed Sunday to commemorate the killings near Evergreen Cemetery, people planning the memorial say they hope it will help Jacksonville come to terms with that legacy.

“The entire goal is healing,” said Lynn Sherman, co-chair of the Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project, a volunteer effort with the nonprofit 904WARD that has been researching the city’s history of racial terror lynchings.

Read the rest of the story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.