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Backers pitch bill that would create statewide commission on Maryland's lynching history

Backers pitch bill that would create statewide commission on Maryland's lynching history

Supporters of legislation that would create a commission to explore and address Maryland’s lynching history made their case to state lawmakers Tuesday, the latest step in a grassroots movement that appears to be gaining momentum.

The bill’s chief sponsor, Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, had the backing of a bipartisan group of more than 50 co-sponsors when she presented her argument at an afternoon hearing in Annapolis before the House Judiciary Committee.

Pena-Melnyk told an overflow crowd in the committee chamber that lynching was a scourge that took the lives of at least 40 African-Americans in the state between 1854 and 1933, and that the brutish practice entrenched the power...

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