Learn a piece of Florence history at the Florence Community Library. On Friday, February 21, at 5:30 pm, the Friends of the Florence Community Library will sponsor Paul Hietter, Ph.D., who will present his program “How the Judge’s Brother Got Away with Murder: The Prosecution of Frank C. Kibbey.”
On the evening of Friday, June 24, 1892, W. Wood Porter was riding his bicycle on Main Street in Florence when he was shot and killed by a drunken and enraged Frank Kibbey. Kibbey was the brother of a territorial Supreme Court Justice, which helped transform a seemingly straightforward case into a sensational trial. Dr. Hietter, who is currently a professor of history at Mesa Community College, will discuss the case and the way the behavior of those involved reflected Victorian-era attitudes about gender roles and behavior.
This program was made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council. To sign up, or for more information, please contact the library at (520) 868-8311. Seating is limited, so advance sign-up is strongly recommended.