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Dana Adams
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Birth: 1873
Death: Apr. 20, 1893
Saline County
Kansas, USA

The following is from the booklet, Gypsum Hill Cemetery Historical Walk, published by the City of Salina, Parks & Recreation and the Salina Public Library.

Dana Adams, (buried in an unmarked grave) a young man in his late teens, was arrested for cutting a white boy with a razor. Because there were rumors of a lynching attempt, law officials acted quickly, making arrangements to transport the prisoner to Leavenworth by train. Adams was taken from the jail to the Santa Fe depot by the sheriff and two deputies and placed in a passenger coach. However, the train was several minutes late departing, and during this time, someone uncoupled the car in which the prisoner rode, leaving it stranded as the engine and other cars pulled away. Immediately a crowd converged upon the passenger coach, gained entry and overpowered the sheriff and his deputies. The mob dragged their victim from the train to the Union Pacific depot and hanged him from a telegraph pole on April 20, 1893. No arrests for this murder were ever made. Adams' father refused to assume responsibility for the burial, saying the white people had killed him and they should bury him.

From Saline County Coroner's Records; "Hanged by the neck until dead to a a telegraph pole at Union Pacific Depot by a part of persons to the jury unknown. Buried in cemetery near the City of Salina."

Update 16 Feb 2009.

The Salina Juneteenth Celebration Committee raised money to recondition head stones and purchase stones for the unmarked graves of black settlers buried in the Gypsum Hill Cemetery. Although Dana Adams' grave was originally unmarked, there is now a marker in his honor at the gravesite.
Gypsum Hill Cemetery
Saline County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Block D, Lot 67, Space 6A
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Record added: Aug 01, 2007
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