Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gainesville Council Approves Monument

Those of us who have personal ties to the victims of "The Great Hanging" just got an early CHRISTMAS present!!  There will finally be a monument for the men who died during of The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas 1862.  Yesterday, December 2nd, the following was reported on KXII News, Sherman, Texas.

Gainesville, Texas to get "Great Hanging" monument

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Gainesville council approves construction of "The Great Hanging" monuments

GAINESVILLE, TX -- The Gainesville city council approved the placement of two monuments that some in the community say are long overdue.
In October 1862, nearly 150 men suspected of supporting the Union were arrested for treason against the Confederacy.
42 of them were hanged in Gainesville, just days later.
Now,151 years later, the city and community is making sure this historical event is not forgotten.
91-year-old L.D. Clark has waited decades to hear these words...
"The motion passes unanimously," Mayor Jim Goldsworthy announced to the council.
Tuesday night, the council approved construction of two 5 foot tall monuments to be built where The Great Hanging took place.
"Well, it makes me feel somewhat justified," Clark said.
Clark's great great grandfather, Nathaniel Clark, was one of the men accused of treason, and hanged on the land right off California Street in Gainesville.
Clark and other members of the Great Hanging Monument committee say this project is long overdue.
"As you grow up in this area, you hear about it. So, I felt like it was a story that was long overdue to be told to the general public," Nancy Brannon said.
Nancy Brannon says the current monument, which was erected in the 60s, is nearly unreadable. And Steve Gordon says the information on it is now outdated.
"That's the information available up to 1964. There's been a lot of research done since then," Gordon said.
Gordon and several other Gainesville residents, some whom have since passed away, have worked tirelessly to collect the facts of the historical event.
Mayor Jim Goldsworthy said their efforts helped push this motion through.
"Our concern at council is that we're historically correct. Beyond that, we would like us to remember history as it unfolded and learn from history," Goldsworthy said.
The monuments will tell the known facts, and list the 42 names of the men who died.
The group says this outcome is a victory for them, but specifically for Mr. Clark.
"There's been a great change of heart in Gainesville concerning this monument, and it's going to be a great, adequate one to fit the situation," Clark said.
Clark has written both a novel and screenplay on The Great Hanging. He says he hopes one day that screen play will be bought and shown in theaters across the country,
The group has spent their own money, and collected donations to pay for the monument.
If you'd like to help contact Steve Gordon at 940-372-8835.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

About time Gainesville City recognizes the men who died in the Great Hanging! Do they know for sure where the men were buried or are they just placing the monuments where it is convenient? What is the time frame for placement of the monuments?

Sue said...

This is wonderful news. I always felt the park was never kept up and the old monument inadequate. Looking forward to visiting the new monuments.
Many thanks to all the people who never gave up and kept working to get this accomplished.

Colleen Carri said...

The 2013 Great Hanging Marker Committee is proud to announce the City of Gainesville has approved two granite monuments to be erected in the Georgia Bass Park. The monuments will include a 450-word inscription and the victims' names. Each monument will measure 5ft high and 6ft wide, and 8-10 inches thick.
The inscription, approved in 2000 by another committee - including Gainesville’s former mayor, Margaret Parx Hays, is a detailed account of the events in October 1862. Unfortunately funding did not come through at that time. And now, almost fourteen years later, the mission to memorialize the victims’ will be realized in 2014 with your support.
Details are forthcoming to accept donations, as we organize the Great Hanging Memorial Foundation, with non-profit status. Our goal is to raise approximately $25k. We are also researching brick inscriptions with donor names, as a pathway around the monuments.
If you would like to participate or receive additional information, please contact: Colleen Clark Carri
Email: colleen.carri@gmail.com
Cell: 817.999.9551

Colleen Carri said...

The Great Hanging Memorial Foundation is proud to announce the launch of our website.

www.greathanging1862.com

It will be updated on a regular basis with news, announcements regarding the Memorial progress and Dedication plans.
We welcome you to visit soon and often! Please share with your family and friends.

If you experience any problems using the new website or if you have any suggestions, please contact us. Our email address: greathanging1862@gmail.com


Respectfully yours on behalf of the Foundation Board,

-Colleen Clark Carri - Secretary/Treasurer

Colleen Carri said...

The Great Hanging Memorial Foundation is proud to announce the launch of our website.

www.greathanging1862.com

It will be updated on a regular basis with news, announcements regarding the Memorial progress and Dedication plans.
We welcome you to visit soon and often! Please share with your family and friends.

If you experience any problems using the new website or if you have any suggestions, please contact us. Our email address: greathanging1862@gmail.com


Respectfully yours on behalf of the Foundation Board,

-Colleen Clark Carri - Secretary/Treasurer