Soil from more than 4,000 lynching sites will be gathered. (Screenshot: YouTube)

The public is invited to join a remembrance gathering Sunday afternoon to honor local lynching victims.

Following the Civil War, more than 4,000 people were lynched throughout the South. Four of those lynchings occurred in Hamilton County.

On Sunday, members of the Ed Johnson Project and the Equal Justice Initiative will collect soil from the sites of the Hamilton County lynchings. 


The remembrance will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Hamilton County Jail at 605 Walnut St. After a few remarks, soil will be placed in jars and the group will walk to the Walnut Street Bridge.

Following the ceremony, the jars will become part of The Memorial to Peace and Justice, a large-scale project that honors the thousands of lynching victims throughout the South.

Four identical jars of soil will be kept in Hamilton County.

More information can be found here.

Ed Johnson’s lynching on March 19, 1906, is the focus of an ongoing memorial project. The project includes a permanent memorial to Johnson at the site of his lynching on the Walnut Street Bridge.

Johnson’s story can be found here.

Three other lynchings occurred in the late 1800s in the region: Charles Williams on Sept. 7, 1885; Alfred Blount on Feb. 9, 1893; and Charles Brown on Feb. 27, 1897.

The Equal Justice Initiative seeks to “protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.” The national memorial to victims of lynching is expected to open in 2018. According to a release, the project is the most ambitious of its kind in the nation on the topic of lynching.

Watch a preview video of the project below. Read more about the project here