Sallie’s Crying Tree

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Historical Significance Sallie's Crying Tree - Photo courtesy of Mrs. Evelyn Lawrence

Located just off Main Street in the town of Marion, this tree is affectionately known as Sallie's Crying Tree. The tree served as the lone friend and mentor of a little slave girl, Sallie, who lost her family when they were sold to Lynchburg slave owner in the 1840's. The tree somehow comforted little Sallie when she would wrap her arms around it and cry in loneliness. Sallie's Crying Tree was recognized at the town's sesquicentennial celebrations in July 2000.


Sallie’s Crying Tree Today

Behind the Marion Fire Department stands a very old oak tree. The tears that were shed on its bark have long since been washed away. They were the tears of a six year old child, purchased as a slave by Thomas Thurman in the 1840's. Sallie would steal away daily, wrap her arms around the tree and cry her heart out for her lost family, sold to a Lynchburg slave owner. The tree has been officially recognized during the town of Marion's Sesquicentennial as the crying tree. She became a founding member of the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, the leading religious group that shaped the lives of most African American youth and children. It is an ordinary tree that still bears witness to an extraordinary little girl.



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