On Saturday, I helped Columbia Access Television film a very moving ceremony downtown. The event was a monument dedication for James T Scott, a black man accused of raping a white woman and lynched before he was to stand trial. Article This happened in 1923—a truly shameful bit of Columbia history.
After all these years, a committee was formed and raised money to buy a proper headstone for Scott’s grave. A local film maker who is making a documentary of the events asked for assistance in filming the ceremony.
I helped by capturing the bird’s eye shot from atop a nearby parking garage of the march from the church to the cemetery. It was very windy but very much worth it. Seeing all the people slowly walk down Broadway to his gravesite while a band played a somber tune really moved me. I was glad to be there and witness the end to a sad, sad story.