Lynching and the Equal Justice Initiative


Jacob Donovan-Colin grew up in Peterboro NY and is passionate about the history of the community.  He sits on the Smithfield Community Association Board of Directors and town planning boards, and caretakes and volunteers in activities involving the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark. Graduating from Morrisville High School in 1993, Colin earned degrees from Morrisville State College and Cornell University.  He travelled the world on an aircraft carrier while in the U.S. Navy.  He is currently working on an advanced degree from Syracuse University where he also works as a Steam Plant Operations Supervisor.  Colin will describe how hearing about an untold American history compelled him to take a physical trip to learn about a horrible American reality. He will share his journey from Peterboro NY and the home of Gerrit Smith to Montgomery Alabama and the home of the Equal Justice Initiative where he served as a volunteer for the grand opening of the National Memorial to Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum.  Jake will tell what he learned, what he thought, and what compelled him to go.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3o7Mp18zqo

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