Did Tom Dooley kill Laura Foster or did the authorities hang the wrong man?
The Johnson County Community Theater invites all to watch the story unwind and to decide for themselves.
The performance, Yours Truly, Tom Dooley follows the real-life story of Confederate soldier Tom Dula’s (pronounced do-lee) return home to Ferguson, North Carolina and the murder of his lover Laura Foster.
In the Appalachian Mountains, Tom Dula is well known. According to Frank Proffitt Jr., his grandmother wrote the famous song “Tom Dooley” after overhearing Dula singing the chorus on his way to the gallows. Dula hanged on May 1, 1868. Fittingly, 150 years later rehearsals for Yours Truly, Tom Dooley were in full swing, especially since Dula was caught here in Johnson County.
Yours Truly, Tom Dooley brings together a variety of local talent. Aside from the talented Johnson County Community Theater Players, the production performed on Friday, June 8, featured JAM students who set the mood with string instruments and The Young at Heart Square Dance Club who chipped in some well-choreographed moves.
School Board District 1 candidate Russell Robinson played Frank Whitley, District 2 Constable candidate Keith Estevens played Ben Ferguson and Mayoral candidate Mike Taylor volunteers to assist the JAM program.
The show will be playing once again this weekend on June 15 at 7pm and June 16 at 3pm and 7pm. All are encouraged to learn more about a little slice of local history.