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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Temporary State Capital (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gov. Hugh L. White Mansion 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.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. 2. submitted on March 25, 2018.