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Old Case Files @ the Old Courthouse

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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. Please join us for our trial at the Old Court House, located at 7 North Main Street, Dayton, OH 45402, on July 19-21, 26-28, and August 2-4. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 pm and Sunday performances start at 3:00 pm. Admission is $12.00 for Dayton History members and $15.00 for non-members. Food and drink are available for purchase along with selected Museum Store merchandise. Space is limited, please call Dayton History at[masked] to make your reservation. Construction of the Old Court House began in 1847 and was completed within three years at a cost of $100,000. It is built almost entirely from a grade of locally quarried limestone nicknamed 'Dayton marble.' The building was dedicated on April 16, 1850. Upon completion, the structure became the center of law and local government for Montgomery County. It was the scene of many famous, as well as infamous, trials. Dayton History is Montgomery County's official historical organization. The organization boasts multiple campuses in the greater Dayton, Ohio area: Carillon Historical Park, Hawthorn Hill, the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, the Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, Memorial Hall and the Archive Center. Dayton History brings the past to life to understand the present and inspire the future by collecting, preserving, interpreting, presenting, and promoting the region's past. For more information, please call[masked] or visit Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton Ohio,[masked]

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