‘The Man the South Forgot’

If Jaime Harrison defeats Lindsey Graham in today’s election, South Carolina will become the first state ever represented by two Blacks in the U.S. Senate. To see how far the Palmetto State has come from its days of rampant discrimination, you need only stream Crawford: The Man the South Forgot, a documentary debuting today about the tragic fate of a rich Black South Carolinian farmer a century ago.

Crawford: The Man the South Forgot will be available on kweli.tv, a subscription streamer offering “independent content of the global Black community.”

The success of Anthony Crawford, who owned a thriving cotton farm in Abbeville, SC, generated anger, envy and hatred among white citizens of the town, culminating in his 1916 lynching at an estimated 51 years old The remainder of his large family (he had 16 children) was forced to leave town, and his hundreds of acres of land were seized.

The film follows Illinois native Doria Dee Johnson, Crawford’s great-great-granddaughter as she journeys to Abbeville to uncover the events of the last days of his life.

“Racial violence in America is pervasive and well documented. Yet the importance of land as a motive has not been fully examined or exposed,” said Howard Bowler, founder of HOBO Films, which produced the documentary. “If you want to understand the history of land stolen from Black Americans, follow the lynching trail. They are inexorably – and tragically – linked.”

kweliTV is available on Roku, Google Play, Apple TV and a range of other devices.

Subscription plans are $5.99 a month or $49.99 for a year, with a seven-day free trial.

For more info, visit kweli.tv.

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About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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