Posted 10/20/23

The city of Columbia is proposing a statue to remember the 1946 Race Uprising that occurred in the once black business district on East 8th Street previously called "The Bottom" in Columbia.

A proposal has been introduced in conjunction with a new roadway project, consisting of a roundabout, to improve East 8th Street.

Over the next year, Columbia is working to install a roundabout at the intersection of South Main and East 8th Streets, which will not only provide safer access to drivers, but also include renovations to the sidewalks and other infrastructure that has suffered the woes of time and natural deterioration.

As part of the revitalization project, the Columbia Peace and Justice Initiative, wish to commemorate the historic 1946 event with a proposed statue of the first black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Columbia City Council was presented with the statue request during its October 5th study session meeting, which included a presentation by members of the nonprofit Columbia Peace and Justice Initiative committee.