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Elephant statue auction helps town atone for grisly hanging

October 26, 2019 GMT

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee town is preparing to auction off a herd of brightly painted elephant statues that recall a dark day in the town’s history.

The Johnson City Press reports the auction is part of a community initiative called the Erwin Elephant Revival. It honors a circus elephant named Mary who was hanged from a derrick in Erwin’s rail yard in 1916 after she killed her trainer.

The Elephant Revival lets residents reflect on the past while raising money for the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald.

The statues are getting added attention this year after local high school students won a National Public Radio competition for their podcast on the initiative.

The silent auction takes place Oct. 28-Nov. 1 at Erwin Town Hall. More information is available at www.erwintn.org .

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Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com