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Date(s) - 04/09/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University


Local author and historian, George Axiotis will discuss the true story behind his new book. This is the true story of an eager Deputy Sherriff who went to do the right thing but got himself into the largest shootout in Alexandria County history. Armed with tenuous laws and the tacit backing of newly elected Sheriff Palmer, on a cold night in February 1896, Deputy Sheriff Edward Deuterman formed a posse with a friend and eight local black men to raid a gambling saloon run by the all too well-known John C. Nelson. What was supposed to be a quick raid, instead ended in a hail of gunfire. Deuterman and his friend would come to near death from their wounds, one in his posse would be killed and four others wounded. The raid became the catalyst for a long and drawn out war against vice in Alexandria County which took nearly a dozen years to win.

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Reinsch Library auditorium on the Main Campus of Marymount University. This event is part of a monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, please email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org or visit the AHS website: https://arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org/events

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline. (Handicapped parking is immediately to your right as you enter the campus.)