MCHR Helps Raise Money for James T. Scott Benefit Program
Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) Executive Director, Dr. Alisa Warren, recently represented the Department at a fundraiser for the James T. Scott Benefit Program.
James Scott, a black janitor at the University of Missouri, was lynched by a Columbia mob in 1923, after being accused of raping the white daughter of a professor. His burial site is marked by a nondescript grave marker in what used to be the segregated section of Columbia Cemetery.
Several hundred people gathered at Second Missionary Baptist Church, where James Scott worshipped 87 years ago, for a memorial service organized to raise money for a proper headstone for Scott’s grave.
The successful event raised more than $4,000 dollars. A headstone will be purchased and placed on Scott’s grave in April, to commemorate the anniversary of his death.According to Dr. Warren, “This powerful event was a significant step for Columbia to improve race relations in our community. It was encouraging to share this experience with so many people of diverse backgrounds uniting towards a mutual goal. Mayor McDavid’s remarks emphasized the importance of healing the wounds of our past and embracing progress for all people in Columbia. I am proud to have been a part of such a positive endeavor.”