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GARFIELD KING

1880-1898

Garfield King was an 18 year old from the Trappe district of Wicomico County. On Saturday, May 21st, 1898, he was accused of shooting a 22 year old white man named Herman Kenney, who later died of his wounds. 

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 25th. A group of white men abducted Garfield King from the County Jail, beat him, hung him by a rope from a tree, and then shot his body at least 50 times. 

No one was ever held accountable for this crime, reportedly the first known lynching in Wicomico County. 

 
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