Columbia in Maury County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
1946 Columbia Race Riot
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.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3D 83.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 35° 36.8′ N, 87° 1.967′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Tennessee, in Maury County. Marker is on East 8th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The opposite side Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A.J. Morton Funeral Home (here, next to this marker); James K. Polk House (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Knox Polk (approx. 0.3 miles away); Columbia Military Academy (approx. 1.4 miles away); Historic Elm Springs (approx. 2 miles away); Hood and Schofield (approx. 2 miles away); Road to Nashville (approx. 2.6 miles away); Joseph Brown (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . . Columbia Race Riots. (Submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 21, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.