On Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m., Thursdays at the Library will host “Tears in the Rain” with Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop.
On a cold December morning in 1882, 19 chain-gang convicts drowned in the Tuckaseigee River near Dillsboro. Weighted down by chains and shackles, they sank in the river. Their bodies were not reclaimed for two days and then they were quickly buried in unmarked graves somewhere in the vicinity of the Cowee Tunnel. Two months ago, members of the Liars Bench found the graves that had been a mystery for 132 years. In addition, it is now known who they were since their names have been found in an obscure file in Raleigh.
In this program, Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop will relate the details of how these graves were found and discuss plans for the removal of the remains.
Thursdays at the Library, sponsored by the Macon County Friends of the Library, is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and learning. These programs are free, open to all, and held on Thursdays in the summertime at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
For more information about this and other library events, call the Macon County Public Library in Franklin at (828)524-3600.