Historic Markers Across Alabama

Mountain Tom Clark

Marker ID:  
Location: on left of US 72/US 43/East Tennessee St going into Florence Al at entrance to Florence Cemetery, Florence, Alabama
County: Lauderdale
Coordinates: N 34° 48.259    W 087° 39.967
  34.80431666    -87.66611666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


"Mountain" Tom Clark
Hanged September 4, 1872

The notorious outlaw gang leader who boasted that no one would ever run over Tom Clark lies buried near the center of Tennessee Street where now all who pass by do run over him.

In 1872, Clark, who terrorized helpless citizens during the Civil War, confessed to at least nineteen murders, including a child, and was hanged with two companions. Although graves were already dug in a nearby field, outraged townspeople interred Clark beneath Tennessee Street thus bring his boast to nought.

Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.

End of Mountain Tom Clark