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U of A History Scholar To Lecture on Racial Cleansing of Catcher Colony Near Van Buren

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Tombstone in the African American cemetery near Catcher; the stone may have been smashed during the Catcher Race Riot of 1923.

As many as a thousand African American residents of Catcher, an unincorporated community in rural Crawford County, were driven from their homes in the early 1920s after an alleged murder of a white woman by a black man. University of Arkansas doctoral candidate Michael Anthony, who is investigating the circumstances surrounding the race riot, will present a virtual lecture on Catcher at 11 a.m. on March 16. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
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