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On Sunday, generations of George Ward’s descendants gathered on the far north side of Fairbanks Park, near the Wabash River, to participate in a solemn ceremony remembering his lynching at the hands of an angry mob in February 1901.

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About 800 six-foot steel monuments hang in the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. They are meant to suggest the tragic and unjust end that befell about 4,400 people from 1877 to 1950.