(ANNAPOLIS – December 21, 2021) – Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. There are some anniversaries, some people would prefer not to remember. Such is the case with the lynching of a man named Henry Davis.
To read the details of the lynching of Henry Davis is to find yourself asking aloud “How could this have happened”?
Meanwhile, a group of White Annapolitans decided that the “Negro” who had been arrested must be ‘dealt with’.
These vigilantes began gathering. They knew that the “Negro” was locked up in the jail, then located on Calvert Street. The jail is where the Arundel Center and Gotts Garage now stands. It was also located in the Black ward. It was near Black churches and businesses.
These White vigilantes waited until the sun went down. It was dark when they approached the jail. It was eerie and these men were determined. “Silent Night” was replaced with deadly intentions. They met little resistance from the White men (guards) who were to protect the “Negro”.
However, at some point in the next four days, you will hear the song “Silent Night” and if you have truly read this essay, you will also hear “Strange Fruit”.
One song is about an infant child and the other is about men who never received justice.