William Young Memorial Committee
We are working in concert with the Equal Justice Initiative to bring the historical marker and memorial to the lynching of William Young here to Fluvanna County.
In 1892, William Young was arrested and charged with the murder of Walter Glass, a 17-year-old White boy. The night before his first scheduled court appearance, Young was abducted from the Old Stone Jail and lynched just across the Rivanna River from the county seat.
Contemporary newspaper articles contain information that conflicts with the Coroner’s Inquest Report on the lynching, and with local oral tradition. Research is ongoing as we attempt to better understand this painful chapter in our past.
The William Young Memorial Committee will be hosting town hall meetings to discuss our local history of racial injustice; we will also hold events that celebrate the accomplishments of those who endured enslavement and life under Jim Crow.