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Jan 25, 2021

Death Penalty Opponents Hold Vigils at Virginia Lynching Sites in Push for Abolition

As the Virginia General Assembly con­sid­ers leg­is­la­tion to abol­ish the death penal­ty, oppo­nents of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment gath­ered at lynch­ing sites across the state to empha­size the his­tor­i­cal link between lynch­ings and exe­cu­tions. Groups in Alexandria, Danville, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke recalled his­tor­i­cal injus­tices, read­ing the names and sto­ries of lynch­ing vic­tims, and called for an end to cap­i­tal punishment.