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Historical Marker Dedication
September 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Please Join the Jefferson County Memorial Project on September 9th as we dedicate a historical marker to the lives of Jake McKenzie and Tom Redmond, two black men lynched at mines owned by the Sloss-Sheffield Iron and Steel Company. During this event at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, through song, art, and speech, we will reflect on the lives of Mr. Redmond and Mr. McKenzie and the system of convict leasing that continued to abuse and exploit black residents long after the abolition of slavery. We hope you will be a part of this community ceremony to remember this painful history and commit to a more just future. As Coretta Scott King said, “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”