The Stories Begin

  • James H. Madison


The battered bodies of Abram Smith and Thomas Shipp hung from the maple tree on the Courthouse Square from late Thursday evening, August 7, until dawn on Friday, August 8, 1930. During those dark hours the stories began, stories told by all kinds of people, told in varieties of format and meaning, told with facts and with lies, with anger and sadness, with pride and shame. All manner of influences shaped these accounts of the Marion lynching but none so strongly as the lines of color.


Attorney General Color Line White People Church Service Friday Evening 
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