Justice sought for 1923 Missouri lynching victim
Monday, November 8, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia community leaders are working to correct the record in the 1923 lynching of a black University of Missouri janitor accused of raping a white professor’s daughter.
James T. Scott was charged with the crime eight days after the 14-year-old girl was assaulted. He insisted he was mistakenly identified.
But before he could face a trial, a mob of 500 men stormed the Boone County jail, took Scott out and hanged him near the campus. Thousands watched.
Scott’s death certificate has a handwritten note listing “committed rape” as a secondary cause of death. A local documentary filmmaker has petitioned state recordkeepers to strike that note.
And Second Baptist Church leaders are raising money to add a headstone to Scott’s small grave marker in Columbia Cemetery. The church held a fundraiser Sunday night.