A state historical marker will be dedicated in Wise County that recalls the lynching in 1927 of Leonard Woods, an African American coal miner. That event led the Commonwealth of Virginia to define lynching as a state crime in early 1928.
The public dedication ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday, October 16, beginning at 11 a.m., at the marker’s location at 12643 Orby Cantrell Highway, Pound, Va. (24279), just east of the Virginia–Kentucky border. Parking is available near the sign’s location. The sponsor of the marker is the Historical Society of the Pound and co-host of the ceremony is the Wise County–City of Norton Community Remembrance Coalition.
Event speakers will include Margaret Sturgill of the Historical Society of the Pound; Rev. Steve Peake, Pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in Fleming, KY; and Terran Young of the Community Remembrance Coalition will provide keynote remarks. Following the ceremony, the Community Remembrance Coalition will host a reception at the headquarters of the Pound Historical Society, 8404 Main Street, in Pound.