Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lynchburg’s First Public Hanging, 1830
On the day of the execution, Jones was taken to the gallows on the hillside, which at that time was on the edge of town and not yet a part of the cemetery. The scaffold was surrounded by a dense crowd of several thousand people “of all colors, sex and ages, some on foot, others on horseback.”*
A sermon was delivered by a local minister, and other clergymen led the crowd in hymns and prayers before Jones was finally covered with a hood and prepared for hanging. When the trap fell, much to the shock and dismay of the spellbound onlookers, the rope broke and Jones fell several feet to the ground. After having a drink of water, Jones again climbed the scaffold and was successfully hanged. Because it was believed his neck was not broken, officials let Jone’s body hang for nearly an hour as the crowd slowly dispersed.
Because this hanging was such a terrible calamity that engaged the disgust of many citizens,
*The Lynchburg Virginian, August 19, 1830: p2, col. 6.
Location. 37° 24.831′ N, 79° 9.463′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Taylor Street and 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hermon Methodist Church (a few steps from this marker); Chapel and Columbarium (a few steps from this marker); Ivy Chapel Union Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Glanders Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); The Quartermaster’s Glanders Stable (within shouting distance of this marker); Station House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron Fencing (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynchburg, Virginia, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 606 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.