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Allen Brooks Marker Dedication
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The Dallas County Justice Initiative (DCJI), in collaboration with Remembering Black Dallas, Inc., will host the Dedication Ceremony for the National EJI marker in commemoration of Allen Brooks, a black man lynched in Dallas County.
Brooks was taken from the courtroom for a crime that he had allegedly been accused of. He was thrown from the 2nd-floor window of the Old Red Courthouse with a head-on impact to the ground below. His lifeless body was then dragged to Main and Akard where the lynch mob hanged him before a crowd of 5,000 angry bystanders.
More than 4,400 African Americans were lynched across 20 states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950. Public acknowledgment of mass violence is essential not only for the victims and survivors but also for perpetrators and bystanders who suffer from trauma and damage related to their participation in systematic violence and dehumanization. DCJI in collaboration with the county of Dallas will make the necessary steps towards acknowledgment and hopefully a movement towards healing for victims, survivors, and perpetrators.
Allen Brooks Marker Dedication 11 AM | Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021
Intersection of Main St. & Akard St., Downtown Dallas