1887 Memphis Chain Gang

The Memphis Commercial Appeal March 12, 2012 Mid-South Memories section reported the following for March 12, 1887,  “One of the chain gang prisoners became unruly at the jail yesterday and a guard attempted to put him in the dungeon.  The prisoner resisted so fiercely that a second guard had to be summoned.  Now the prisoner is basking in the dungeon with a head so sore that it hurts to have a fly light on it.”

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