History Talks: The Last Witness, Hillsville Courthouse Tragedy

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Date(s) - 11/12/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

Admission : free

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Phone : 336-786-4478

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Website www.northcarolinamuseum.org

In this unique History Talk, historian Howard Sadler will present a new perspective of the 1912 courthouse tragedy in Hillsville, Va. You will learn about Judge Thornton Lemmon Massie and his friend and confidant, Howard Cecil Gilmer of Pulaski and the tragic events of March 14th, 1912 (the Hillsville Tragedy) that changed the lives of those involved forever. You will also gain insights about the tragedy through the Judge’s own words and from those who were there that fateful day by reading trial testimony and seeing photographic evidence. Actual documents introduced at trials, which have remained sheltered and unseen since the days of the event, will be unveiled. History Talks are FREE to the public and held at 2pm on the 3rd floor of the Museum. A brief intermission will be held half way through this presentation.

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