FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Palm Beach County has decided it’s time to accept its complicity in the murders of Henry Simmons and Samuel Nelson.

The two Black men were killed in the 1920s, at a time when whites felt free to pursue vigilante justice in the names of fellow whites they believed had been injured or offended. Both men suffered at the hands of white mobs who riddled their bodies with bullets. Their stories have been mostly left to their families and history buffs.

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