In Memory of Brother Leonard Gakinya.  A native from Kenya residing in Springfield, Missouri levitating on October 2, 2002 to rest easy with the ancestors.  Age 27.
View of Springfield's Park Central Square.
Recent articles regarding dedication of small plaque in Springfield Missouri's square for the lynching deaths of 3 black men falsely accused of raping a white woman.   

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When escorted Columbia Councilwoman Almeta Crayton to Springfield, MO to receive the photographs, we walked around looking for the plaque.  We asked several people from security guards at the MO Div. of Family Services to people hanging out in the square and no one knew where it was located.  Rosemary Stewart-Stafford took us to a concrete book which illustrates the history of Springfield.  On the side, about the size of a letter envelope, was the plaque, barely visible.

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Above is a picture of a monument at Park Central Square.  The plaque in comparison is hardly visible.

(Springfield, MO resident Rosemary Stewart-Stafford and Columbia, MO 1st Ward Councilwoman, Almeta Crayton comfort each other at Park Central Square, Springfield MO, October 9, 2002) (photos courtesy of

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