Plaque to mark site of Columbia's last public lynching

3 years 1 week 5 hours ago Monday, April 18 2016 Apr 18, 2016 Monday, April 18, 2016 10:43:15 AM CDT April 18, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) — The site of Columbia's last public lynching will be recognized with a plaque.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a University of Missouri organization called the Association of Black Graduate and Professional Student raised money for the plaque. Their Lest We Forget online fundraising effort brought in more than $1,900 toward a $1,500 goal in four months.

The plaque recalls the 1923 lynching of James T. Scott, a black man who was accused of raping a white teenager. Although there was scant evidence against the University of Missouri custodian, a white mob broke into his cell and dragged him away with a noose around his neck.

The Columbia City Council is accepting the plaque Monday. It likely will be placed on public grounds near a trail head.

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