Delhi Township considers renaming Deadman's Hill

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- The Delhi Township Parks Commission has entered the nationwide debate over monuments dedicated to touchy civil war subjects like the Confederate Army and lynchings.

Deadman's Hill, as it has been known for more than 150 years, was named because it is believed John Taylor,an 18 or 19 year old Civil War veteran for the Union, was buried within the hill after being lynched.

According to the township's sesquicentennial history, written in 1987, a mob killed Taylor on Aug. 27th, 1866, after being accused of attacking a Delhi area farm family, no further details on the alleged attack are known.

This comes as a new memorial by The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama was opened and dedicated to over 4,400 black victims of lynchings.

There are no markers at Deadman's Hill about the incident, nor are there any in Mason, Michigan, where Taylor was taken from jail and hung by the mob.

Retired Holt High School history teacher Bill Savage knows the story and wants a permanent memorial made to remember Taylor's death and hoped John Taylor would have his name on the new Alabama memorial.

Unfortunately that memorial only covers lynching starting from 1877, the end of Reconstruction.

Township officials have agreed to discuss either putting a plaque on the site or rename the hill though officials say their decision may not come for some time.