Freed Slave and Confederate Hero Join Forces for Justice

Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode undefined

  • Feb 18, 2021 7:00 pm
  • 31:41 mins

George Dinning, a freed slave living in Kentucky, faced a vigilante mob in 1897. When the mob attacked his family in their home, Dinning fired into the night, killing the son of a prominent farmer. He was tried for murder, but later pardoned. He then went on to sue the mob for damages, and won. His lawyer? A former Confederate hero. Guest: Ben Montgomery, author of "A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South"