May 20, 2017 — Historical figures share their stories at Columbia Cemetery, Columbia Missourian. Summary: Event coverage of Memorial Day event sponsored by Columbia Cemetery Association Board. The event featured monologues given by actors portraying J. W. “Blind” Boone, Jane Froman, Ann Hawkins Gentry, George Swallow, John Lathrop, Luella St. Clair Moss, James S. Rollins and Walter Williams.
Feb. 13, 2017 — Historian highlights community’s black history, Columbia Tribune: Summary: Bill Thompson is working to raise awareness about black people in the decades after the Civil War. Those include Tom Bass, John William “Blind” Boone, John Lange, Annie Fisher and Henry Kirklin.
December 2016 — Stewart Road/Stewart Bridge, Columbia Business Times. Summary: This piece highlights the fact that a portion of Stewart Road was once Stewart Bridge, the site of Columbia’s last public lynching. Written and photographed by Grace Vance, the piece shows both the view of today and of the past. A pdf of the article is posted with permission from Brenna McDermott, editor of the CBT.
Sept. 6, 2016 — Service set in stone, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: A historical marker has been placed to highlight the graves of the local men who served in the 68th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry. This article recounts where and how they served. According to this article, 459 black men from Boone County, Missouri, served in the Union Army. The marker is in the Columbia Cemetery.
Aug. 26, 2016 — A Fresh Memory of Sharp End, Columbia Business Times. This article by Brandon Hoops includes historic photos and the insights of Jim Whitt, Ed Tibbs, Lorenzo Lawson, Bill Thompson and Georgia Porter.
Feb. 13, 2016 — Program urges remembrance of lynching, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: MU’s Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students is raising funds for a historical for the place where James Scott, 35, a janitor at MU’s School of Medicine was lynched in 1923. The article reports on Keona Ervin’s talk, “Black Bodies Swinging: Lynching and Making of Modern America.” Scott was a WWI veteran, his wife Gertrude Carter was a teacher at Douglass School, they were members of Second Baptist Church and had a new car. Ervin’s talk said lynching were “highly stylized, ritualistic and public spectacles … a response to black political and economic assertion.”
May 20, 2015 — A Sharp reminder, Columbia Daily Tribune. Summary: Describes “Sharp End,” a black business area of Walnut Street between Fifth an Sixth streets. Quotes Larry Monroe, Patrick Tapp among others. It covers the dedication attended by more than 200 people. Also cites Sharp End Heritage Committee.