1946 Columbia Race Riot Historical

1946 Columbia Race Riot Historical (HM1TXQ)

Location: Columbia, TN 38401 Maury County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 36.8', W 87° 1.967'

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In February 1946 a struggle between an African American World War II veteran, James Stephenson, and a white shopkeeper over a radio repair order sparked a riot, fueled by law enforcement officers who raided the African American business district without search warrants and confiscated weapons. Police arrested more than 100 African American men, charging 25 with attempted murder. With legal defense team Z. Alexander Looby, Thurgood Marshall, Leon Ranson, and Maurice Weaver, an all-white jury acquitted 23 of the 25 men. Because of this incident and others in the South, President Harry Truman established the President's Committee on Civil rights.
Placed ByTennesse Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 497030 N 3941063
Decimal Degrees35.61333333, -87.03278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 36.8', W 87° 1.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 36' 48" N, 87° 1' 58.02" W
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Area Code(s)931, 615
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 E 8th St, Columbia TN 38401, US
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