Lynching memorial rises near revered Confederate sites

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Posted: Oct 20, 2016 11:52 AM
Lynching memorial rises near revered Confederate sites

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In a small South Carolina town where some say the Confederacy was born and died, a new memorial will commemorate a prosperous black farmer lynched by a mob 100 years ago.

Descendants of Anthony Crawford will honor him and unveil a historical marker Saturday in a ceremony outside the Abbeville Opera House.

The marker is a quarter-mile from sites honoring the Confederacy's birth and death.

Crawford was beaten, dragged out of town with a noose around his neck and hanged from a tree where his body was riddled with bullets after he argued with a white store owner on Oct. 21, 1916, and tried to defend himself with a hammer. Crawford farmed 417 acres of land when he was killed.

It's the latest public acknowledgement of South Carolina's racist past.