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Candlelight ceremony

Friday, August 19, 2011

Murray Bishoff and his wife, Julie, shown above, who have held the vigil together since 1997, marked the 110th anniversary of the Pierce City riot last night, during the hour in which the riot occurred. [Times Photo]
Aug. 19 marks the 110th anniversary of the lynching and riot in Pierce City that left three African American men dead and resulted in the exile of that community's African American population. The occasion has been marked annually by Murray Bishoff, who wrote the history of the event for The Times 20 years ago and placed a memorial to the victims of the riot at the city cemetery in Pierce City 10 years ago. Bishoff also decorates the grave of Gisela Wild, whose murder precipitated the riot. Bishoff has held a candlelight vigil on the site of the lynching downtown since the mid-1990s to commemorate the occasion.

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