The Bullitt County History Museum

Announcing a New Book

The Lynching of Mary Thompson

This is the true story of the lynching of African American, Mary Thompson. Mary was involved in a altercation with John Irvine, a man whom she worked for. Was Mary guilty of murder? Was it self-defense? In this book the author Daniel E. Buxton, former director of the Bullitt County History Museum, placed himself in the position of Mary’s attorney and laid out a case in her defense. You’re the jury, you read, you decide!

Copies of this 55 page book are now available at the Bullitt County History Museum for $10.00; please make checks payable to Daniel Buxton.

You can also order them online at by following this link.

The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 27 Sep 2022 . Page URL: