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Old Case Files @The Old Courthouse

Dayton History is excited to announce this year's Old Case Files program at the Old Court House. The case features a dramatic presentation of a 1907 trial in which Layton Hines, a young African American, was accused of murdering Anna Markowitz, an 18-year-old Jewish girl. The victim, her sister Bertha, and a friend, Abraham Cohan, had spent the evening at the Soldier's Home where they enjoyed the sights and sounds of the recreational park. Walking home late, the trio decided to rest at McCabe Park. Suddenly they heard gunshots, and someone rushed toward them from the brambles. Bertha and Abraham jumped up to flee, but Anna was slower. More shots were fired. Bertha turned around in horror to see that Abraham had been shot, and a man had caught Anna in the darkness. Screaming for help, Bertha and Abraham escaped into the night. Bertha, however, was the only survivor. Several weeks later, after Hines' arrest, his rousing trial became a battle ground for societal tensions of the time as individuals of different races, economic standings, and social backgrounds took the witness stand. Witnesses pointed fingers in anger at others in the courtroom, outbursts were heard from activist groups, and issues of mistaken identity surrounded the case. This year's trial promises to be thought provoking, emotional, and exciting as race, culture, and morality are explored through a dramatic reenactment of the 1907 murder trial. Audience members will have a chance to interact with the witnesses and some attending the show may be selected for the jury to decide the fate of Hines.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Billie THANKS! If it is something we need to buy tix for ahead of time can u let us know or give us a website, please? :>)

    July 6, 2013

    • Chrissa M

      I *think* you can buy tickets at the door but it's best to make reservations (Last time we went it was packed and there weren't that many seats overall). You can call[masked] to make reservations over the phone.

      July 11, 2013

  • Chrissa M

    I *think* you can buy tickets at the door but it's best to make reservations (Last time we went it was packed and there weren't that many seats overall). You can call[masked] to make reservations over the phone.

    July 11, 2013

  • Billie

    This is my Sat to work, I got my dates mixed up, I am so sorry for the confusion.

    July 7, 2013

  • Billie

    I actually can't make this one. I got my dates mixed up, and it turns out, this is the weekend I am working FRIDAY instead of SAT. They are doing this on Sat as well, so I am going to post that one as well. Sorry for the confusion. People can go to either the Friday showing or the Sat. and here is the website for the event.
    http://www.downtowndayton.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=196&com=detail&eID=55365

    July 7, 2013

  • Billie

    I think it's $10-$12, I need to check.

    July 6, 2013

  • Jared M.

    I forgot that we have something planned for the 2nd. :( Sadness.

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds fun... how much is it?

    July 1, 2013

  • Chrissa M

    Boo...Jared and I have something that evening. =/

    July 1, 2013

  • Billie

    We did this a couple of years ago and it was a lot of fun. We can meet for dinner downtown before the event.

    July 1, 2013

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