Resolution to Apologize for Waco Lynchings is Rejected

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McLennan County commissioners have rejected a proposed apology for Waco-area lynchings in the 1800's and early 1900's.

The panel rejected a proposed resolution of apology proposed by Waco's Community Race Relations Coalition. But commissioners say they'll work on a resolution they all could accept.

County Judge Jim Lewis made the motion to reject it "as it stands" -- saying it includes the city and the Waco City Council in its wording.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Lewis contends county commissioners can't vote on a matter that obligates the city without its approval.

At least two commissioners have said they oppose an apology because the lynchings happened before current leaders and residents
were born.

Lester Gibson is McLennan County's lone black commissioner. He opposed the motion to reject the resolution and vows to keep placing the matter on the agenda.

Last night, the Waco City Council agreed to work on its own anti-lynching resolution at a June retreat. They hope to work with county commissioners on the resolution.