Columbia in Marion County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Hanging of Will Purvis
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.
Erected 2014 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list.
Location. 31° 15.044′ N, 89° 50.097′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Mississippi, in Marion County. Marker is on Broad Street near Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 250 Broad Street, Columbia MS 39429, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, Temporary State Capital (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace of Mississippi Rodeo (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gov. Hugh L. White Mansion (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ford House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mississippi Rural Center (approx. 4.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Located on eastern side of Marion County Courthouse.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. 2. submitted on March 25, 2018.