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Boyington Oak

"He prophesied that his innocence would be proved, for after his death, a strong oak tree would grow from his grave, and everyone would know that when they saw this tree he spoke the truth, and they would have to live with the knowledge that they killed an innocent man."

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"The Church Street Cemetery, laying peacefully downtown in Mobile Alabama, is known greatly for it being the resting place of Joe Cain, the father of modern Mardi Gras. Away from all the beautiful stonework, though, sits a looming knobby and twisted oak tree. An innocent man was buried where this tree now grows. The body of the man he was convicted of robbing and murdering was found in the same pauper’s grave area. Charles R. S. Boyington swore his innocence, yet was still executed for murder. He stuck to his story, and before he was killed, he vowed that an oak would grow from his grave to prove his innocence."

-Amanda Herman

 

 "As the rope was put around Charles Boyington’s neck, he proclaimed his innocence to the watching crowd.  As the mob screamed for his sentence to be fulfilled, he made the people a promise.  He prophesied that his innocence would be proved, for after his death, a strong oak tree would grow from his grave, and everyone would know that when they saw this tree he spoke the truth, and they would have to live with the knowledge that they killed an innocent man.  Travel to downtown Mobile, and you will see the oddest sight, a huge oak tree growing out of a grave, the grave of Charles Boyington."

  -Sean Herman

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