Anthony P. Crawford, my great grandfather, was a wealthy black farmer. He owned 470 acres of land in Abbeville on which he had also built a school. His wife predeceased him, but he had 13 children living at the time he was lynched. The ages of his eldest children ranged from 30 to 35 and the youngest 13 and 15. After he was brutally killed by a mob of whites, his family was was run out of town and his land was subsequently partitioned off and sold at auction. There was a trial for the murderers, but no convictions. To this day, not a single family member knows where Anthony's body was laid to rest.
On February 7, 2005, the U.S. Senate issued an apology to the victims of lynching and their descendants. Over 100 Crawford family members went to Washington, D.C. to witness the reading of the formal apology (S. Res. 39) on the Senate Floor. The apology does not go far enough. The family still seeks justice and restitution.