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McArthur Myers, Maddie McCoy and Audrey Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, stand at the corner of King and Fairfax streets Aug. 8 to commemorate the 121st anniversary of the lynching of 16-year-old Benjamin Thomas in 1899.

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City marks 1899 lynching of Benjamin Thomas, who was 16.

It happened just after midnight. On Aug. 8, 1899, 16-year-old Benjamin Thomas was attacked at the city jail on Saint Asaph Street and dragged half a mile by an angry mob of white citizens in what would become the second lynching of an African American man in two years.


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