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'The Day They Hung the Elephant' coming to The Centre
'The Day They Hung the Elephant' coming to The Centre

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The stage adaptation of a chilling true story will grace The Centre's stage this month.

The Day They Hung the Elephant is based on the tale of Mary, a circus elephant who was killed by the angry residents of a Tennessee town after she killed a man.

"It happened one fateful afternoon in September of 1916," Coweta County's Centre for Performing & Visual Arts said in a release:

Mary the Elephant was on her parade route near the railroad building town of Erwin, Tenn. After heated debate as to the best way to kill an elephant, the town made Mary pay for her crime by hanging her from a train derrick.

The story is told through the eyes of a circus clown who trained and worked with Mary, and relives the horrible details of her death every day.

The Day They Hung the Elephant will be performed Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available through The Centre's website.

The Centre is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan.

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