People from all walks of life conspire to vengeance after a 1917 murder. Law enforcement is all but suspended as an organized committee forms to abduct a suspect from police custody and stage a horrific public spectacle.
The newest episode of Southern Hollows, Broad Daylight, is live. If you haven't already, listen to this stunning story about vigilantes and vengeance.
Now that you've heard the story, see the sights.
The murder of Antoinette Rappell (spelling at the time varied) dominated news coverage. (News-Scimitar 5/3/1917)
The local newspaper not only didn't conceal the lynching plans, it in effect invited the city to come watch. (Commercial Appeal 5/22/1917)
The death certificate of Ell Persons which, shockingly but not surprisingly, lists the cause of death as unknown. "The Deceased Ell C. Persons came to his death from unknown causes to this jury the Deceased being the confess [sic] Slayer of Antinet Rapel [sic]."
Meet the new marker, and the students who made it happen. (Photo by Stinson Liles)
Though both the Wolf River and Macon Road run different courses now, you can still get to the old bridge abuttment -- site of Ell Person's gruesome lynching. (Photo by Stinson Liles)
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