Abbeville memorial unveiled for lynching victim, 100 years later


ABBEVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – A memorial was unveiled in Abbeville Saturday morning in memory of Anthony Crawford.

Crawford was lynched in the city 100 years ago.

Family members say Crawford was a prominent black farmer who was arrested in 1916 after an argument about cottonseed.

He was taken from his jail cell by 300 men, pulled by a cart, stabbed, beaten, hanged, and shot.

Supporters gathered this weekend to mark 100 years since the lynching and to continue the fight for racial equality.

“I believe that today is paving the way that change is going come.  It’s not going to come overnight.  It’s not going to come in years — but it’s going to come,” said Crawford’s great grandson Raphael Coleman.,Related Story:Lynching victim to be remembered on 100th anniversary

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