Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Forgotten No More

A year ago, I posted an article entitled "Gainesville's Forgotten People."  At the time, I wondered why a memorial had not been placed in Gainesville to remember the men who died in the Great Hanging of 1862.

What a difference a year makes!

Thanks to many good people in and around Gainesville, there is now a memorial for the men who died in the Hangings.  And, what a wonderful memorial it is!  Those of us who have an ancestor who died in the Great Hanging at Gainesville feel deeply indebted to all who helped to make this a reality.

Below are photos of the unveiling of the monuments that were placed in the Georgia Davis Bass Memorial Park on October 18, 2014.

Unveiling of the Monuments





Close-ups







Note: There are still men who died in the hangings that we know very little about.  Each family of a Gainesville Hanging victim has a story that needs to be told and shared.  If you have a "Great Hanging" ancestor, or you are just interested in history, please help by sharing stories and research about the victims of the Great Hanging and their families.  There are many ways to share: write a book, start your own blog, post your family information on Ancestry.com, leave a message on genealogy message boards, start a website, donate your stories to a historical society/library in Gainesville, post the information on this blog, and/or all of the above.  

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thnx for keeping us updated. Wish I could have been there. Appreciate the photos of the monuments.

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have been there! So nice that there is FINALLY a monument for these men. It just feels good to know that they can be remembered.

Anonymous said...

What a nice memorial. So glad that these men who were killed so many years ago finally have a memorial marker. It's quite amazing that the City of Gainesville took so very long to allow the memorial to be placed.
Were the men buried near where the memorial is placed? Has there been any archaeological study into where the bodies were actually buried in 1862? Have any remains ever been found?
Jack B

Ana Zahler said...

Thank you for the effort to preserve the local History.