Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Gainesville's "Great Hanging" Monument Dedication

The dedication of the Gainesville "Great Hanging" monument took place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, a beautiful fall day in Texas.  And, it was a memorable day for those of us who were able to attend.  
We started the event with an excellent luncheon at the Lions Field House of the North Central Texas College in Gainesville.  The luncheon was provided by the Texas State Historical Association and the Lone Star Chair in Texas History.   I was able to meet and visit with many people who previously I had only had the chance to correspond with.


 After the luncheon, we attended a theatrical reading called "October Mourning" at the Center for Performing Arts on the NCTC campus.  “October Mourning” was a 45 minute theatrical reading of the events of that terrible October in 1862, by local actors portraying historical characters connected to the events of the hanging. We were able to hear the story of the Great Hanging from the perspective of those who were there.  The program helped all of us better understand the feelings, emotions, and fears of the time from both perspectives. 
Following the reading,  Dr. Richard B. McCaslin answered questions from the audience about the Great Hanging.

After the program, everyone met at the Georgia Davis Bass Memorial Park for the monument dedication.  The monuments were covered when we arrived.  Most took the time to check out the names on the pavers that were placed between the monuments.

Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Richard "Rick" McCaslin.  Gainesville Mayor, Jim Goldsworthy, gave the welcome address and then we heard from guest speakers. 
Welcome by Gainesville Mayor Goldsworthy
There was a reading of the names and bell ringing for each man who died in October 1862 during the Great Hanging at Gainesville.  
Reading the names

Listening to the Dedication of the Monument

1 comment:

Colleen Clark Carri said...

Thank you for posting...it truly was an amazing day! And it wasn't lost on many that the prevailing breeze that day was from the north - a gentle smile from above.