The Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project, an initiative of 904WARD, will hold a soil collection ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m. to commemorate the anniversary of the lynching of Eugene Burnam. The lynching, one of thousands of crimes of racial terror designed to instill fear in Black communities and suppress their civil rights, took place in Duval County in 1923.
Attendance at the event is virtual only. While the soil collection will take place in person the venue does not allow for in person attendance, and so it will be broadcast to all who wish to participate. Once you register, you will receive the login link and additional information.
The volunteer-driven Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project works to increase awareness of racism, its history, its trauma, and its impact today; promote truth, understanding and reconciliation for our community; and activate collective ownership toward racial equity in Jacksonville. The project is part of a national movement to create public memorials on lynching spearheaded by the Equal Justice Initiative to acknowledge and remember the legacy of racial terror lynchings. Together with EJI, the Jacksonville Community Remembrance Project is working to research, commemorate and recognize the traumatic era of lynching by collecting soil from lynching sites across the area and erecting historical markers in these spaces. When the effort is complete, it will result in published research about the documented cases, the establishment and unveiling of historical markers and the dedication of a monument for Duval County created in partnership with the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, community-wide and youth education programming, and a scholarship essay contest for youth.