Who was Tom Dula?
Year of Birth:1844
Date of Death: May 1, 1868
The story of Tom Dula (pronounced Dooley) is a complicated web of characters and their actions that lead to the murder of Laura Foster in Iredell County, North Carolina. It’s a story made infamous not only by sensational court trials but also by several versions of a folk song written about the Tom Dula case.
Read an overview of the testimonies given by characters at the trial (pdf)
Scroll through the images at the right to see original documents that help tell Tom Dula’s story.
"Exhibit A" Map
Roll over the map with your mouse to reveal the paths walked by Tom Dula and Laura Foster on the day of her murder.
Ann Foster Melton
Lotty (Carlotta) Foster
Dr. George Carter
Mary Keaton Dula
Col. James Grayson
Neighbors and other tenant farmers