Army unveils memorial to a Black soldier lynched on military base 80 几年前

伏特. Felix Hall was barely an adult when he was found hanging from a tree on a segregated army base in Georgia in 1941. His killers were never prosecuted but 80 多年后, the US Army has unveiled a memorial to honor the Black soldier who is the only known victim of a lynching on a US military installation.

星期二, US Rep. Sanford Bishop and army officials dedicated a historic marker that stands near where Hall was last seen alive at Fort Benning in Georgia on February 12, 1941. He was killed less than a year after he enlisted.
Lauren Hughes, a former staffer in Bishop’s office, led the charge to ensure Hall received recognition. Bishop represents Georgia’s 2nd District, which includes Fort Benning.
      Our country was struggling and often, failing, to uphold the equal protection under the law, let alone, the decency of respect and dignity for African-Americans as valued members of the human family,” Bishop said Tuesday. “Felix Hall was lynched. His hands and feet bound together and hanged by the neck, until he was dead.
        It’s not clear how old Hall was at the time he was murdered, but the Montgomery, 阿拉巴马州, native enlisted in the army when he was 18 在八月 1940. He was assigned to the Fort Benning-based 24th Infantry Regiment, one of the first post-Civil War all-black units known asThe Buffalo Soldiers.
          The historic marker stands near where Hall was last seen on Fort Benning.

          When he went missing, Hall was declared a deserter. But his body was discovered on March 28, 1941, in a wooded area by a platoon performing training drills, according to Northeastern University’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.
          According to the project, Hall was hung between several trees with his neck bound to one tree, his hands tied, and his feet tied to other trees, suspending him in the air. He managed to free his feet and left hand and tried to save himself but died of asphyxiation to the noose around his neck.
          The military initially tried to dismiss the hanging as a suicide, but a Fort Benning doctor ruled it as a homicide, the Northeastern University project reported. As news of the lynching traveled, the NAACP and others demanded a federal investigation.
          The FBI launched a 17-month investigation that corroborated the doctor’s findings and suspects were identified but the case was never prosecuted.
          I wish that today felt like we were righting a wrong, but I know today what we are really doing is just acknowledging one,” 中尉说. 根. Theodore Martin, commander of the US Army’s Combined Arms Center.
          马丁 posted a photo of the memorial to his Twitter account.
            Fort Benning is in Columbus, 佐治亚州, near the border of Alabama and Georgia. It’s named after Henry L. Benning, 一个 Confederate general from Columbus, 之一 10 military bases across the South named after a Confederate officer.
            在里面 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which sets funding and policy for the military, Congress directed the Defense Department to rename such posts by 2024.