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.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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