The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

June 18, 2013

Almond to tell story of the lynching of Alec Whitley


CNHI News Service

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — The Stanly County Museum has invited David D. Almond Jr. to tell the true story of the only man ever to be hanged in Stanly County.

The program will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room on the lower level of the Stanly County Public Library.

The Alec Whitley lynching created sensational news when it occurred in 1892 and has been the subject of legend and controversy ever since.

David Almond, who has ancestral ties to Whitley, has separated fact from folklore to present an interesting analysis of this flamboyant episode in Stanly County history.

Almond grew up near Endy School.  He graduated from Albemarle High School and UNC-Charlotte with a degree in political science. Since 1971, Almond has been an agent with New York Life Insurance Company.

Because of his interest in local history he was appointed by the county commissioners in 1973 as one of the original 10 members of the Stanly County Historic Properties Commission (HPC).

During his tenure on the HPC he was heavily involved in the restoration of the Marks and Snuggs houses.

Almond has also served six years in the North Carolina Army National Guard and is a former member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

He and his wife, Frances, a retired vice president with Harris Teeter Super Markets, live in Stanfield.

They are both active members of Pine Grove United Methodist Church and the West Stanly Lions Club.

Those interested in attending the program “The Lynching of Alec Whitley” should call the Stanly County Public Library at (704) 986-3755 to make reservations.

Give your name, phone number and the number in your group.