Just over 100 years ago, this headline appeared in The Commercial Appeal. Weeks later, Ell Persons, an African American man, was publicly lynched before a reported mob of 2,000 - 3,000 people.
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May 21 ceremony is a step in the direction of awareness.
In 1917, Ell Persons was brutally lynched in East Shelby County. The tragedy was largely forgotten, but a May 21 ceremony organized by John Ashworth (pictured) is a step in the direction of awareness.