Washington Acknowledges Lynch Mob Injustice
They didn't quite apologize, but the members of Washington's state legislature passed a resolution expressing their "deepest sympathy" to the descendents of Louie Sam for a lynching that occurred 122 years ago.
Sam, who belonged to the Sto:lo First Nation whose homelands lie in the Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver, was falsely accused in the 1884 murder of a shopkeeper near Sumas, Wash.
A mob rode across the border, snatched Sam from Canadian police custody and hung him from a tree.
Canadian investigators later determined that he never committed the crime and was framed by two white Americans who stirred up the mob.
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