Posey County, Ind. (WEHT) It is a not-so-secret a part of tri-state historical past that many wish to put out of your mind.
144 years in the past, 4 other people had been lynched at the Posey County Courthouse Lawn. The males have been accused in a theft and had been taken prison.
While sitting of their cells, a big crew of white males got here into the prison, dragged the lads out and hanged them.
Fast ahead to now, Sophie Kloppenburg is a pupil at Mt. Vernon High School. She heard in regards to the fateful match via a college venture, and he or she was once stunned..
“Their bodies just hung there and then they were cut down and God knows what happened to the bodies afterward,” she mentioned.
Word of the development motivated Kloppenburg to do mounds of study. Along the best way she met somebody to lend a hand her with the venture, Ben Uchitelle.
“My great grandfather actually saw the bodies hanging. What crimes may or may not have been allegedly committed, they received no trial, no rights, no nothing, and that is what we are concentrating on,” he mentioned.
Kloppenburg found out there is not any marker or monument in Mount Vernon to keep in mind the development, so she made up our minds to modify that. She requested the county for permission to put in a marker, and the county mentioned “yes.”
Kloppenburg hopes the monument provides the lads a voice and offers their deaths a which means.
“Racism wasn’t just bad words in the hallway or making fun of people. It was hanging people from trees and killing them in gruesome ways. And so, I just wanted to give those people a voice and a proper memorial for what happened to them because there wasn’t anything else for them,” she mentioned.
Her objective is to have it at the courthouse campus- close to the world the place the lynching came about.
“Have a bench with a historic marker speaking about what took place and the way the county moved ahead from that and put them in combination, People can take a seat at the bench and browse what took place, with plants to compare the panorama.
She is operating on what the historic marker will say, and he or she is operating on a fundraiser for the venture. She hopes to have it finished via October.
Photos Courtesy: Becky Boggs; “Judge Lynch” via Jim and Peg Redwine