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Playwright Mike Wiley

Playwright Mike Wiley

The young black walking to the store when he supposedly insulted a white woman. The store owner and his son, allegedly chased him down, beat him up and shot and him dead. No, this wasn’t Emmett Till. And this tragedy didn’t happen in the 1950s. The victim was Henry Marrow, and the year was 1970. The town – Oxford, N.C.

Playwright Mike Wiley recalls this little known tragedy during his performance of “Blood Done Sign My Name” tonight at ImagineOn. Wiley talks about the play and the incident that saw the rise of young Ben Chavis and nearly ripped apart a small southern town. Read my interview with him on QcityMetro.com.

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