The Hanging Tree - KKK murder locations.
Marshall County, MS. 12/2/2015. According to the great-grandson of the former property owner, a black man was tied to this railing of a wooden bridge in the 1960's and whipped by several members of the local Klan. He was accused of repeatedly stealing watermelons from the property adjacent to their family’s cotton farm. Not long after, that same man was accused of assaulting a local white woman. The black offender was taken back to the bridge where he was whipped again, and then to a large oak tree, dubbed "the hanging tree," a minute’s walk down the road where he was subsequently lynched for his offenses… the lynching was unreported.
In the late 1990's the great-grandson attempted to till the soil around “the hanging tree" in an effort to plant a flowerbed. The till broke and he temporarily abandoned the project. A few months later, during December of the year 1997 the tree was struck twice by lighting during a winter lighting storm. The large oak burned for two days and his neighbor (a late former slave who lived to be over 100-years old and who was familiar with the lynching) somewhat panic stricken, warned the grandson that he woke up some "bad medicine."
The bridge was truncated in 1977 after a new highway was constructed.