“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

"Mountain" Tom Clark

Hanged September 4, 1872

Mountain Tom Clark Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By sandra Hughes, June 25, 2009
1. Mountain Tom Clark Marker
Inscription.  The notorious outlaw gang leader who boasted that no one would ever run over Tom Clark lies buried near the center of Tennessee Street where now all who pass by do run over him.
In 1872, Clark, who terrorized helpless citizens during the Civil War, confessed to at least nineteen murders, including a child, and was hanged with two companions. Although graves were already dug in a nearby field, outraged townspeople interred Clark beneath Tennessee Street thus bringing his boast to nought.
Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 34° 48.259′ N, 87° 39.967′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Tennessee Street. Located on left of US 72/US 43/East Tennessee St going into Florence Al at entrance to Florence Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Florence Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line);
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Patton Elementary School (about 700 feet away); 115th Signal Battalion (about 700 feet away); Fort Willingham (about 700 feet away); St. Joseph Catholic Church (about 800 feet away); Soldier's Rest (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Confederate Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Hood's Narrow Escape (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 5,407 times since then and 468 times this year. Last updated on January 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. Photo   1. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 25, 2023