About This Event
Milly Sawyers, one of Springfield’s earliest residents in 1836, was a black woman who had just won her freedom in Greene County court, despite citizen protests. On April 1, 1836, an angry mob that included Springfield’s founder dragged Milly into the street and beat her. Rediscovered court documents illustrate a forgotten chapter of history, but raise more questions: Who was she, and where did she go? News-Leader reporter Giacomo Bologna will discuss the mystery with a panel including Connie Yen, director of the Greene County Archives; Anne Twitty, University of Mississippi associate professor of history; and Library Local History Associate John Rutherford. Call 882-0714 for more information.