Injustice on the Eastern Shore: Race and the Hill Murder Trial

Injustice on the Eastern Shore: Race and the Hill Murder Trial

by G. Kevin Hemstock


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Injustice on the Eastern Shore: Race and the Hill Murder Trial by G. Kevin Hemstock

Lynching rumors simmered as journalists descended on the small town of Millington, Maryland, in the spring of 1892. The frenzy focused on nine African American men and boys--some as young as fifteen--accused of murdering Dr. James Heighe Hill, who was white. Prosecutors portrayed this as retribution for the Christmas Eve slaying of Thomas Campbell, an African American, for which no one faced criminal charges. Hill's alleged assailants were tried as a group before three white judges. Although some were clearly bystanders, all but one were convicted and sentenced. Four were executed by hanging, and the rest died in prison. Using court records, contemporary accounts and newspapers, author G. Kevin Hemstock narrates the tragic and compelling story of justice denied on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626199422
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/16/2015
Series: True Crime
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

G. Kevin Hemstock is the former editor of the Kent County News. In 2012 he left the newspaper to operate Old News, a genealogical and historical research service and ephemera shop in Millington, Maryland, where he continues his writing on local history. From 2009 to 2014 Hemstock worked with the Kent County Office of Tourism to plan activities associated with the War of 1812 bicentennial. A native of Delaware, he resides in Millington with his wife.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Collecting a Debt 11

Millington in the 1890s 15

The African American Community 21

Hill Sets Up House in Millington 30

A House Call 39

Ford's Hill and Destiny 43

It Was No Accident 52

Lynching Prevented 64

African American Deliberations 73

Unpreventable Lynching 76

The Long Summer 83

Columbus Day 88

The Trial 102

The Merits of Hanging Eight 118

An Unexpected Visit 129

Another Surprise Visit 138

The Gallows Beckon 146

Foursome Finale 154

And Then There Were None 164

Was There a Miscarriage of Justice? 171

Executions Removed to Penitentiary 175

The Victims 180

Ripples to the Present 183

Jail Falls to the Wrecking Ball 185

Notes 189

Bibliography 201

Index 203

About the Author 208

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