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

Guy Lancaster
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 reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.
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