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President Trump made two campaign appearances this week with Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who has stumbled over the state's racist past and faces a tight runoff election Tuesday. Thomas Graning/AP hide caption

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Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., at a Senate hearing in May. She is under sharp criticism for her comments about a "public hanging" in a state with a dark history of lynchings. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings opens Thursday in Montgomery, Ala. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, is dedicated to victims of lynching. Lynsey Weatherspoon for NPR hide caption

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New Lynching Memorial Is A Space 'To Talk About All Of That Anguish'

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A lynching attended by a large mob. Courtesy of the Library of Congress hide caption

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New Report Examines Lynchings And Their Legacy In The United States

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