Soil collection ceremony scheduled in Waldo

The Waldo-Hawthorne-Campville-Rochelle Community Remembrance Project will collect soil this Saturday in Waldo that will travel for display in Montgomery, Alabama, and Alachua County.

The ceremony forms part of the project’s truth and reconciliation process dealing with lynching that occurred during the Jim Crow era.

The event will be held at Veterans Memorial Park (14705 NE Waldo Rd. Waldo) at 10 a.m., and the public is welcome to join in memorialized local lynching victims.

“By publicly gathering, displaying, and creating a space for dialogue around a tangible piece of the past that haunts us still today, that soil will no longer be voiceless,” a press release by Alachua County said.

Jars of soil will be collected for each victim as well as a gallon jar that will become part of the National Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery.

The ceremony will also be live streamed on Alachua County’s YouTube channel.

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