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Reward offered as police investigate lynching marker theft

August 3, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware are now offering a reward as they investigate the theft of a historical marker that memorializes the lynching of a black man accused of raping and killing a white girl.

New Castle County said Saturday that a $2,000 reward is available to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for the theft.

A concerned citizen noticed on Thursday that the state marker erected in June to commemorate the lynching of George White was missing.

White, an ex-convict, was accused of killing 17-year-old Helen Bishop, whose throat was cut.

In June 1903, a mob stormed a workhouse where White was being held, dragged him to the scene of the assault on Bishop, then burned him to death.

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