Hanging Mary revisits shocking Tennessee tale

Mary hanging from the locomotive crane at Railroad headquarters at Erwin
Mary hanging from the locomotive crane at Railroad headquarters at Erwin

2007-03-04 - Erwin, United States , FIONA SOLTES, The TENNESSEAN

Mary, the circus elephant who was notoriously hanged for murder in 1916 after trampling her caretaker Red Eldridge of St. Paul, became a black eye for the Sparks Traveling Circus and the town of Erwin, Tenn. But now, there's more to her story. In the hands of playwright Matthew Carlton, her hanging represents injustice, cruelty and discrimination of all sorts the kind that the thousands who stood and watched might not have considered.

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