Who Was John “Black Jack” Kehoe?

Tamaqua. Pennsylvania

Accused, convicted, hanged, then posthumously pardoned over a century later.

My name is John “Black Jack” Kehoe. I was born the year of 1847 in County Wicklow, Ireland. I immigrated to America and spent several years working as a miner. I moved to the booming coal town of Girardville, Pennsylvania and opened a tavern. I was well liked it seemed, by everyone but Franklin Gowen, who was President of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company.