OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Will Brown. An angry mob stormed the Douglas County Courthouse, beat Brown, shot him multiple times, and lynched him.
At the time, Brown, a black man, was facing false accusations of assaulting a white woman. City leaders and civil rights advocates say its important to remember what happened so Omaha can move forward.
Friday morning, at 9:00 a.m., a historical symposium will take place at the county building, titled "September 28, 1919: What Really Happened." This event runs through 11:00 a.m.
Tomorrow, the official community remembrance ceremony including prayers and music will take place on the north steps of the Douglas County Courthouse. The ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m.