- Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Georgia
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Dawson County Library -
Are you a real history buff or just curious about our jerks from history??? Well we would love for you to join us on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5-7 pm for a presentation and book signing by the well-known history author, John McKay. The book Mr. McKay will be presenting is called Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Georgia History. The book is a look at some of the criminals, pirates, rogue soldiers, antisocial-sorts, politicians, all-around bad guys, and one prominent Methodist, that made up some of the darker but more interesting sides of Georgia history. Besides the well-known stories of the pirate Blackbeard and the missionary John Wesley, it contains the story of an accused mass murderer in Macon, who had the "trial of the century" but who is now nearly forgotten; equally forgotten but formerly notorious men such as the Loyalist militia commander "Burnfoot" Brown and Confederate guerrilla John Gatewood; a plantation owner in middle Georgia who was still practicing slavery in the 1920s, before turning to mass murder; a man who ""owned"" a west Georgia county and freely admitted murdering four men, whose crimes and trial later inspired books and a TV movie, and whose fate was sealed by a self-professed witch; and the story of a bored rich young man who went on a robbing and killing spree in 1920s Atlanta, as a result served on the most brutal of chain gangs, and who later was a key player in a celebrated prison escape in Nazi Germany.
John McKay is director of a DoD STEM academy inside Dobbins and has his own ministry. In a former life, John served in the U.S. Army and Georgia Army National Guard; was an EMT/Paramedic and later a firefighter and firefighting instructor with several different departments in and around Atlanta; worked as a sport scuba dive master, a docent and historian for a small state museum, and a stringer for several small town newspapers, all while trying to decide what he wanted to be when he grew up. He has taught since 1997, and attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing a call to building his own chaplaincy ministry.
The program is free and the public is welcome to attend this special event! If you have any questions please feel free to visit our website or call us at 706-344-3690.
Dawson County Library
342 Allen Street
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