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History Talks: "The Last Witness" presented by Howard Sadler
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 02:00pm - 03:30pm
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"The Last Witness" is a unique view into the lives of Judge Thornton Lemmon Massie and his friend and confidant, Howard Cecil Gilmer of Pulaski and the tragic events of March 14th, 1912 (the Hillsville Tragedy) that changed the lives of those involved forever. For over hundred years, the story of Hillsville, Virginia Courthouse Tragedy has become legend in the oral history and mountain lore of Virginia. Books, pamphlets, newspaper articles, plays, academic studies, and historical research publications have reviewed and analyzed the event. Today, you will learn about Judge Massie and his life. You will gain insights about the tragedy through the Judge's own words and from those who were there that fateful day. You will read trial testimony and see photographic evidence. You will be exposed to actual documents, introduced at trials, which have remained sheltered and unseen since the days of the event.  This History Talk, presented by Howard Sadler, will be held at 2pm on the 3rd floor of the Museum and is FREE to the public.  There will be a brief intermission half way through the presentation.

Carroll County Courthouse


Judge Thornton Massey                                                                Howard Cecil Gilmer

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