Genealogy research by the author led him to stories about lynchings near his home town in Kentucky. Further Research uncovered two distant cousins who participated in hangings, one in a lynching and the other on the jury of the last public hanging in the United States. As the author dug deeper into the history where his ancestors lived in Kentucky he uncovered other cases of racial hate and lynchings in Warren, Logan, Daviess, and Mason Counties. The author's goal in revisiting this shameful period in our history is to bring together in one work the details of the lynchings in which his ancestors were involved and those that occurred near the location where he was raised and spent the formative years of his youth. Although none occurred in his lifetime, they helped form the culture where he was raised and that culture became part of who he was and is today.
In the year of the writing of this book our nation seems to be returning to an era of intolerance, racial divide, hate, and fear. Leaders from the halls of Congress and the Whitehouse to the pulpit of many of our churches condone violence through their words or implied consent. Political as well as religious leaders spew hateful condemnation of those who are of different color, religion, or sexual orientation.
It is the author's hope that in revisiting the events on these pages the hearts and souls of those filled with hate and fear may soften and the violent intolerance they feel may be replaced with gentle and loving tolerance of all of the children of the "God of their understanding" regardless of their race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
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