Lynching memorial rises near revered Confederate sites
ABBEVILLE, S.C. – 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.