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.


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