Monday, December 31, 2018

Town tries to redeem itself for hanging an elephant

H-C (from August):
Erwin has long suffered from a blow to its reputation as the town that executed – by hanging – an elephant. That particular pachyderm, a traveling circus elephant by the name of Mary, was hanged for a fatal attack she made on one of her keepers during a stop in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 1916.


Like last year, the eight elephant sculptures — whimsically painted by local artists — will be auctioned in October to raise funds for the The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, as well as other local charities