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Lynching Memorialization to Hold Meeting on Marker Dedication, Essay Contest

This is a rendering of a future marker memorializing the life and death of Elwood Higginbottom who was lynched in 1935 near the corner of Molly Barr Road and North Lamar Boulevard.

By Alyssa Schnugg
Staff writer

A public meeting will be held Tuesday to provide information on a memory marker planned for Elwood Higginbottom who was lynched by an angry mob in Oxford in 1935.

Lynching Memorialization in Lafayette County, a grassroots, a local group aimed at researching local lynchings in Lafayette County and to publicly remember the victims, is hosting the informational meeting at 6 p.m. At the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building on Highway 334.

All members of the community are invited to attend.

Topics to be discussed include how this initiative began and plans for the Oct. 27 unveiling of a marker in memory of Higginbottom. Also being discussed are details about a scholarship essay contest for high school students in Oxford and Lafayette County and future goals of the organization.

The memorial plaque will be placed on the southwest corner of the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and Molly Barr Road, known locally as Three-Way.

On one side of the marker will be the history of Higginbottom’s death. The other side of the marker pays homage to all Mississippi and Lafayette County lynching victims.

Higginbottom was killed on Sept. 17, 1935, at the age of 28 while he was being held in the Oxford jail for the murder of landowner Glen Roberts.

Lynching Memorialization is working with the Equal Justice Initiative to offer students in grades ninth through 12th a chance to earn a scholarship by participating in the 2018Racial Justice Essay Contest.

More information about the plaque, Lynching Memorialize organization and the essay contest will be provided at Tuesday’s meeting and can be found on the Lynching Memorialization in Lafayette County Facebook page.


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