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Samuel Dalton Home

Mike Jones, director of the John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro, takes host Dan Jones on a tour of a historical home that once belonged to former slave and Union Navy veteran, Sam H. Dalton. After being sold as “contraband” in Mississippi in 1863, Dalton spent two years in the Union Navy. In 1870, he moved to Jackson County, and then purchased a home from the John A. Logan estate in an integrated section of Murphysboro. He died in 1920. Jones adds that when Dalton died, the town published his obituary, which was highly unusual for a white-owned newspaper to do at that time. At the Dalton home, framed original newspapers from the 1800s are on display on the walls, which were often used for insulation and decorative purposes. While restoring the home, Jones said the museum found interesting artifacts behind the walls, including an old Indian hoe and a wrench refashioned as a hammer. They also found glass bottles and bowls buried in the back yard.

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