Hanging of Will Purvis

Hanging of Will Purvis (HM268P)

Location: Columbia, MS 39429 Marion County
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N 31° 15.044', W 89° 50.097'

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On February 7, 1894, crowds gathered near this site to witness the hanging of Will Purvis, who had been convicted of the murder of local farmer Will Buckley. When the trap door was released Purvis fell straight through to the ground, the noose having slipped and spared his life. Purvis was given a full pardon in 1898, and his innocence was proven by the deathbed Confession of an eyewitness in 1917. In 1920 Will Purvis was awarded $5,000 in restitution by the Mississippi Legislature for his wrongful conviction.
HM NumberHM268P
Year Placed2014
Placed ByMississippi Department of Archives and History
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Date Added Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 230017 N 3460856
Decimal Degrees31.25073333, -89.83495000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 15.044', W 89° 50.097'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 15' 2.64" N, 89° 50' 5.8200000000001" W
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Area Code(s)601
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 639 MS-13, Columbia MS 39429, US
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