Charles Boyington was a charasmatic 19-year-old who in 1835 was executed in Mobile for the murder of his best friend. Before his death, he foretold that an oak tree would grow above his grave as a sign of his innocence, and the oak did indeed sprout and grow just as he predicted. The Boyington Oak continues to thrive today in a Mobile cemetery, along with Boyington’s legend captured in Mary Palmer’s play The Truth is in the Tree. Literay tourists are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Boyington Oak Festival (see details below) for a fascinating look into one of Mobile’s most engaging stories of real-life crime and drama. Palmer’s book Boyington Oak: A Grave Injustice also provides more detail behind Charles Boyington’s tragic story.
Literary tourists attend the play The Truth is in the Tree at the Oakleigh House Museum in Mobile, part of the story of the tragic figure of Charles Boyington