January 24, 2009 BGS Meeting – A Murder Near Vincent

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library.  Guests are encouraged to attend!

Next meeting: Saturday, January 24th at 2 p.m.  Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Jim Anderson, BGS Member, genealogist & historical researcher

Program Topic: Murder & High Society

Details: www.birminghamgenealogy.org or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

In 1928 a farm overseer was murdered in Shelby County. The incident was of such little significance that the story was not even reported in the newspapers.

After reading a transcript of the trial Jim Anderson began to draw his own conclusions about the verdict.  In doing so he followed a motive trail which eventually led to the suspicion of a cover up to protect the reputation of a prominent Birmingham citizen and public official.  Efforts to learn more about the various families involved in the case exercised his research skills and resulted in the discovery of, and conversations with, some living descendants, but many questions remain unanswered.

What connection could a 1928 murder in rural Shelby County, Alabama have with an accidental drowning of a prominent citizen of Birmingham nine months later?   Please join us to find out more!

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