- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A historical marker will be placed in Brighton to remember a black coal miner who was lynched in 1908 while seeking better wages for black miners.

The Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based nonprofit legal firm, will help place the marker near Brighton City Hall on Sunday.

The marker says that William Miller was taken from his jail cell and lynched by a white mob in 1908. The organization said the Brighton marker is the first in an effort to mark lynching sites in the South.

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, said in a statement the nation must confront the truth about its past in order to heal.

The organization in 2013 helped place three historical markers in Montgomery to note the site of slave depots, warehouses and transport sites.



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