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Cleo Wright
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1915
Death: Jan. 25, 1942

In 1942, a white woman in Sikeston, Missouri was brutally assaulted and raped. As the police were trying to locate the person who assaulted her, an African-American man named Cleo Wright was discovered covered with blood. He was taken into custody. While in custody he was tied to the back of a pickup truck, set fire to, and dragged through the streets of Sikeston while still in flames. An investigation ensued, and a trial was held, but the facts of the case were conveniently buried. It is still not clear to this day whether Wright was really responsible for the assault. (bio by: Tim Crutchfield) 

Cause of death: Lynching
 
Burial:
Carpenter Cemetery
McMullin
Scott County
Missouri, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Tim Crutchfield
Record added: Jan 29, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6141261
Cleo Wright
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Cleo Wright
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Cleo Wright
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"I'm sorry" doesn't even begin to cover this.
- AR
 Added: Apr. 20, 2014

- Donna
 Added: Jul. 26, 2010

- Graver Gal
 Added: Dec. 27, 2008
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