E-BOOK: A legacy of a lynching
Columbia remembers racial injustice
Saturday, September 11, 2010 | 9:13 p.m. CDT;
updated 11:13 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 5, 2010
James T. Scott was a black man lynched in 1923. Scott was accused of raping a white girl. He was awaiting trial in the Boone County Jail when a mob of 1,000 people broke him out and hung him from a bridge on Stewart Road. He is buried in Columbia Cemetery in a grave that still bears only a temporary marker.
In this five-part series from May 2003, Missourian reporter Barton Gordon Howe chronicles the story of James T. Scott, the last man to be lynched in Columbia. Accused of raping the white daughter of an MU professor, he never got to trial. A mob of 1,000 people swarmed the Boone County Jail, broke Scott out and hanged him off the Stewart Road bridge over Flat Branch. This is the story of what happened then and what has happened since. Download the e-book.
Like what you see here? Become a member.
Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.
You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.
Leave a comment
Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines
outlined below and register with our site.
You must be logged in to comment. (Our
full comment policy is here.)
- Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
- Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or
discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
- Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will
be published with every comment.
(Read why we ask for that here.)
- Don’t solicit or promote businesses.
We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see
something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.
You must be logged in to comment.