Tangier in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Connorton House
On Sunday April 11, 1920, Sergeant Connorton shot and wounded 17 year old Roland Parks. He was trying to enforce a town ordinance that forbade "loafing on store porches and streets on Sunday." The law required residents to be "in church during the hours of service, or in their homes." Parks alleged he was simply getting ice cream to take to his invalid mother.
Connorton turned himself in to county authorities, stood trail[sic], and was sentenced to one year in prison. He served a brief prison term before being pardoned by the Governor. He returned to Tangier as Deputy Sheriff. A few months later he was shot and killed. His assailant was never identified.
Roland Parks survived his wounds and later ran the family store, served on the town council and died peacefully in 1973.
Erected by Tangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center.
Location. 37° 49.549′ N, 75° 59.519′ W. Marker is in Tangier, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Main Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tangier VA 23440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Mobile Home The Peter Dise House (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesapeake House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Doctor's House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Parson of the Islands (about 500 feet away); Tangier Island (about 500 feet away); Telephone Office, Post Office & Myrtís (about 500 feet away); Swain Memorial United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tangier.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Site where Bud Connorton was killed.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 28, 2011, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.