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Museum campaigns for 1896 lynching memorial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Columbus Black History museum is campaigning to erect a historical marker remembering an injustice that happened at a prominent intersection.

In 1896, an unruly mob hanged two black men from a tree at Broadway and 11th St. in Columbus. That tree has since died, but it stood in the median near the space where the Uptown Columbus stage is now. The men were awaiting trial on what historians believe were false accusations of sexual assault.

"There was a particular scenario that always played out.  It was a black man, who was alleged to have winked at or looked at, a white girl, and that was a sexual assault," says Dr. Richard Gardiner. 

The professor says the deaths of Jesse Slayton and Will Miles are just two of a dozen recorded lynchings in the Columbus area during that time period.

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