The Grave Of Tom Dula (Ferguson, NC)

According to the gravestone, Tom Dula was hanged on May 1, 1866 for the murder of Laura Foster. However, the date on another gravestone at ...



According to the gravestone, Tom Dula was hanged on May 1, 1866 for the murder of Laura Foster. However, the date on another gravestone at the site mentions his death took place in 1868. So either one's wrong, or it took him an incredibly long time to die from the hanging.



They changed Dula's name and turned the killing into a popular murder ballad, "Tom Dooley:"

Hang down your head Tom Dooley
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head Tom Dooley
Poor boy you're bound to die




As you can see by the photos, the gravestone has been chipped away by folks who wanted to take a piece home with them. Not cool.

What To Know Before You Go

GPS Coordinates: (36.07476, -81.38150)
Location: Tom Dula Road, Ferguson

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