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Courtesy Zack Mullock(CAPE MAY, N.J.) — Harriet Tubman will be honored with a new museum dedicated to preserving her life and history next year in New Jersey.The Harriet Tubman Museum will be located next to the historic Macedonia Baptist Church, which is in Cape May, a New Jersey town where the abolitionist worked for some time. Tubman earned money by working in hotels and for families as a cook in Cape May, according to a historical account.The local community has raised nearly $160,000 of the $500,000 needed for the exhibit to open.Zack Mullock, a Cape May city councilman who is managing the museum’s construction, told ABC News that most fundraising efforts have gone toward materials for the building. His family has contributed both their time and finances to the project and hope to preserve “a major part of history that has disappeared.”He also said that although he has visited similar museums in Maryland, what separates this museum from the others are the artifacts.On display will be unique Underground Railroad items and African American art, including a collection of several modern pieces from the late Rev. Robert Davis, the longtime pastor of Macedonia Baptist who died in 2015.Mullock said that his family is also in contact with the team behind the movie Harriet, a feature film about the abolitionist released earlier this month, for a showing of the movie at the museum’s grand opening on June 19, 2020. That day was chosen because it is believed to be Tubman’s 200th birthday and June 19th is also “Juneteenth” — a holiday commemorating the end of slavery.Eugene Dempsey, an 82-year-old retired maintenance technician, said he’s most excited about the museum as “a place for the kids to extend their learning” about Tubman.“There’s so much black history … it’s unbelievable,” said Dempsey, an Air Force veteran who’s lived in Cape May for over six decades with his wife, Emily. “There’s just the history of the background of Harriet Tubman. What she did was amazing … what she did as a woman … it’s just a wonderful thing.”Another notable African American historical building in Cape May is The Franklin Street School, which is located blocks from the future museum’s site, and previously served as a school to educate black children during segregation, according to The Press of Atlantic City. Built in 1927, Dempsey said his wife, her sisters and their mother attended the school.Tubman, a noted abolitionist and celebrated Civil War spy, was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation in 1822 as Araminta Ross and changed her name after marrying her first husband. She escaped slavery in 1849, and, as a key figure in the Underground Railroad — a diverse network of escaped slaves, free blacks and abolitionists who provided safe housing and secret transportation routes to the North — returned to the South more than a dozen times to help free others.During the Civil War she was a nurse and a spy for the Union Army. After the war, she petitioned the government to have her widow’s pension increased given her additional wartime service.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Left, Joshua Taylor, 25, and Brandon Dingman, 34, of the Wilson Police Department in Oklahoma, is charged in connection to the second-degree murder of Jared Lakey. – (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation)By CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News(CARTER COUNTY, Okla.) — Disturbing video of a 28-year-old Oklahoma man, who died shortly after he was shot with a stun gun more than 50 times by two police officers and placed in a chokehold by another, was released on Tuesday by an attorney for the victim’s family.Jared Lakey died two days after he was arrested July 4, 2019, allegedly for running down the street while yelling.An inquiry lead by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation found that when Lakey did not comply with the commands of Wilson police officers Joshua Taylor and Brandon Dingman, they both used police-issued stun guns until a backup officer with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist.A 50-minute video was edited down to 10 minutes before its release due to the sensitivity of the incident, according to attorney Steven Terrill.The footage begins with a 911 call from an unidentified person, who provided a vague description of the suspect.Taylor, whom Terrill said was the acting chief of police at the time of this incident, was the first to arrive on scene, but his body camera was turned off. When Dingman showed up, both body cameras were activated, according to Terrill.Dingman’s dash camera showed Taylor in a steady stance with what appeared to be his stun gun drawn while standing over Lakey, already on the ground.“Put your hands behind your back for me,” Dingman said three times to Lakey.“Non-compliance is gonna get you Tased,” added Taylor.The crackling of the electric shocks from the stun gun are heard piercing Lakey’s body as he grunts in pain.Throughout the video, Lakey, who was nude for unknown reasons, is heard repeatedly screaming for the officers to stop, and for help, as he writhed on the ground.“Jared’s toxicology screen from the medical examiner came back clear of any illicit drugs,” said Terrill, who filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Wilson. An attorney for the city said Tuesday evening it had not yet been served with a suit.According to the video, Lakey appears to be shocked by two stun guns simultaneously.“Axon/Taser warns against simultaneous exposure and cumulative exposure exceeding 15 seconds,” Terrill said. “Jared was Tased for approximately four minutes of cumulative exposure.”Terrill said Lakey was shocked 53 total times by Taylor and Dingman and placed in a chokehold by an unidentified backup officer for 40 seconds.Lakey stopped breathing, became unresponsive, began breathing again and was taken to the hospital, according to the OSBI.“No officers initiated any life-sustaining measures for over 3 1/2 minutes after determining he wasn’t breathing,” Terrill said.The state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined Lakey’s death was due to complications of a heart attack “and law enforcement use of electrical weapon and restraint,” the Daily Ardmoreite reported.After finishing its investigation, the OSBI turned over a report to the Carter County District Attorney’s Office, which charged Taylor and Dingman with second-degree murder. The unidentified officer was not charged.Both officers reportedly have been placed on administrative leave and posted $250,000 bond.Ryan Hunnicutt, the attorney for Dingman and Taylor, could not be reached for comment by ABC News on Tuesday evening.But in a statement to The New York Times on July 3, he said: “The death of Mr. Lakey saddens us all. We are confident that the legal system will provide an opportunity for all the facts to be known and look forward to our day in court.”The next court date for Dingman and Taylor is Aug. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
November 17, 2020 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball To Play At Air Force December 23 Brad James Tags: Air Force Men’s Basketball/UVU Men’s Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Per a Tuesday announcement, Utah Valley men’s basketball and the Air Force Academy have agreed to play December 23 at 1:00 pm at Clune Arena of Colorado Springs, Colo.This game commemorates the first time the Wolverines and Falcons have met on the hardwood.Air Force is the second Mountain West Conference foe the Wolverines will face as UVU is to host Wyoming December 12 at the UCCU Center.The Wolverines will also face Stanford, BYU, Westminster, Southern Utah, Utah, Idaho State and San Diego Christian in non-conference games this season.