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 Cleo Wright

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Cleo Wright

  • Birth 23 Jun 1915
  • Death 25 Jan 1942
  • Burial McMullin, Scott County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 6141261

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


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Tim Crutchfield
  • Added: 29 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6141261
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cleo Wright (23 Jun 1915–25 Jan 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6141261, citing Carpenter Cemetery, McMullin, Scott County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .