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Hicks Hanging - News Article

In its past, Bedloe’s Island was a good place to quarantine people with contagious diseases.  It is far-enough off the shore of Manhattan to serve such a purpose (or so the authorities believed).

On occasion, however, hoards of people came to the island.  One famous event occurred during the summer of 1860 when about ten thousand people witnessed the execution - by hanging - of Albert Hicks. 

The New York Herald reported the story on the 14th of July, 1860.

Click on the image for a much-better read.


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Image, described above, online courtesy Library of Congress.

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