Sunday, April 18, 2010

April 18, Uncle Tom's Cabin

It is said that Harriet Beecher Stowe visited Tom Kennedy when she was researching her book, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN. I've read a couple of stories about Tom Kennedy. One is that he was so mean to his slaves that lightning strikes his gravestone when it storms and that the stone has had to be patched back together several times. The other legend I read was that the family was warned not to put a marker on his grave, reasons unknown. The warning was ignored and the original headstone was struck by lightning as were two subsequent stones. Kennedy was a Captain in the Revolutionary War and later an owner of 200 slaves.


  1. (J) Wow! That is so interesting! Gravestones getting hit by lightening, more than once! I have to research that and see if it happens often..

  2. And he was born on 9/11. Coincidence? :O