Lit in Purple for Remembrance of Joseph McCoy

April 23, 2021

Lit in Purple for Remembrance of Joseph McCoy

Both George Washington Masonic National Memorial and Alexandria City Hall are lit in purple throughout the weekend in remembrance of Joseph McCoy, a 19-year-old black man who was arrested without a warrant and then murdered by a lynch mob on April 23, 1897. “We want to join the rest of the community in mourning over this grievous crime that took place in the city of Alexandria,” said George D. Seghers, Executive Director of the museum. “Time can never erase the injustices Joseph McCoy suffered, but we will illuminate the Memorial in purple to remember him, and to signify our common hope for a more just and peaceful world.”