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In US, an effort to commemorate thousands of lynching victims

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Decatur (United States) (AFP) – More than 120 years ago, a Black man was accused of raping a white woman in the city of Decatur, Illinois, but before Samuel Bush could be tried, a vicious mob forcibly took him from a local jail, beat him and hung him from a telephone pole. Now, an effort is underway to memorialize the brutal lynching. “We learn from past mistakes so it doesn’t happen again,” said Rich Hansen, a local high school history teacher who is campaigning to dedicate a memorial to Bush in the American Midwestern city. “If we as a nation are going to move past this racial divide, we nee…

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