Scott Burton

Scott Burton

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death 14 Aug 1908
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 24, Sec 1, 4, 10
Memorial ID 29887546 · View Source
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Barber. Died from injuries at age 58 in the Springfield 1908 Race Riot at 11th and Madison Street in Springfield, IL. He was the riot's first victim.

His tombstone reads: Scott was killed during the Springfield Riot of 1908. His death was a catalyst for the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). "Lest We Forget"

Mob Claims First Victim
On the way, however, a section of the angry crowd encountered the first resistance when they confronted a black barber named Scott Burton. When he saw the mob approach, Burton decided to protect his property and stood in the doorway with a shotgun. The mob wanted to destroy the barber shop because it was owned by a black man and because he had a white wife, but they did not want to get killed themselves. Out of fear Burton fired a blast of buckshot into the crowd. The crowd returned the fire and Burton was killed. His barber shop was burned and his body was paraded from his porch to a place several blocks away where it was hanged from a tree outside a saloon. Burton's corpse became the symbol of the mob's hatred of blacks and was riddled by bullets until the militia came and put a stop to that action.

Listed on Springfield, IL, 1900 census as aged 48y with wife Kate (49y)and children Charles (17y), Mattie (16y), Thomas (9y), Mary (6y), and Jessie (2y).


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  • Maintained by: BjJ
  • Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
  • Added: 17 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29887546
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Scott Burton (unknown–14 Aug 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29887546, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by BjJ (contributor 46902476) .