How a 1946 dispute over a damaged radio in Tennessee helped spark the civil rights motion

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A historic marker recognizing one of the pivotal moments in Columbia’s historical past was put in in 2016 on a damaged sidewalk in entrance of an deserted constructing, coated in mud, nearly forgotten.

Earlier than then, a visible reminder of the incident, dubbed by many because the Columbia race riot of 1946, might solely be present in historical past books propped on library cabinets.

James Stephenson in his Navy uniform.

On Feb. 25, 1946, a dispute over a damaged radio involving James Stephenson, 19, a U.S. Navy veteran, his mom Gladys and a white retailer clerk —

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