Lynching victim to be remembered on 100th anniversary

Anthony Crawford

The family of a Upstate lynching victim is making sure his story is told.

Anthony Crawford, a successful cotton farmer in Abbeville, was lynched in October of 1916.

Crawford got into an argument with other white farmers, over who could sell their cotton first, according to family members.

Crawford was jailed for his own protection, but the mob of angry farmers, pulled Crawford from the jail, lynching him in town.

Now with help from the Equal Justice Initiative, the family will be erecting a historical marker to remember the event. The marker will be placed in downtown Abbeville, next to the clock.

Soil from Abbeville will also be collected and taken to the Smithsonian African American History Museum in Washington D.C.

Family members will hold a ceremony on October 21 and 22 to commemorate the 100th anniversary.

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