Micajah McPherson

Micajah McPherson (HMUYM)

Location: Snow Camp, NC 27349 Alamance County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 53.127', W 79° 26.099'

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We have Fought the Good Fight and Kept Our Faith

Micajah McPherson, a trustee of Freedom Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church and abolitionist, was lynched about a mile and a half southeast of here. Although there are different stories about his lynching, they agree that he was an innocent man lynched by vigilantes who the authorities protected.

According to his descendants, after the Confederate conscription act was passed in 1862, riders approached McPherson's house one day and demanded, "Where's your boy?" "The Hunters"— the Chatham County sheriff's men, Home Guards, and McPherson relatives seeking conscripts— were looking for McPherson's service-age son, Tommy, who was in hiding. The two had worked out a plan to keep the boy fed, and his father from lying. When young McPherson returned an empty food basket to the house for refilling, he left a note inside that said where to deliver the full basket. His father then could say truthfully that he did not know where his son was.

Dissatisfied with McPherson's denials, the Hunters dragged him to a split-rail fence, forced his hands into the narrow space between two rails, and then jumped up and down on the upper rail. When his answer did not change, they hauled him into the woods, fired a shot at his house to intimidate his family, and hanged him from a large dogwood tree by the creek.

McPherson survived the hanging, however, saying later that a noise startled the Hunters, who fled. He heard one of them say, "I do not believe the old SOB is dead yet." Years later at a church service, according to tradition, McPherson approached a stranger to the church and told him, "You are one of those that hanged me." The stranger left and never returned.
Series This marker is part of the North Carolina Civil War Trails series
Placed ByNorth Carolina Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 3:06pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 641260 N 3972374
Decimal Degrees35.88545000, -79.43498333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 53.127', W 79° 26.099'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 53' 7.62" N, 79° 26' 5.94" W
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Area Code(s)336, 919
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 327 Drama Rd, Snow Camp NC 27349, US
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