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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Charles Henry "Speedy" Atkins (1875–1928) was an American tobacco worker in Paducah, Kentucky, who became posthumously notable. A pauper at death, he drowned in the Ohio River. The city turned over his body for a pauper's burial to his friend A.Z. Hamock, the only African-American undertaker in town. Hamock preserved Atkins' body in an experiment with preservatives, and occasionally displayed it after his death. Hamock's wife had custody of the remains for 45 years, during which Atkins' mummy acquired increasing notoriety. The body of Atkins was finally buried in 1994, 66 years after he drowned. The event was covered by national media and TV.


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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Charles Henry "Speedy" Atkins (1875–1928) was an American tobacco worker in Paducah, Kentucky, who became posthumously notable. A pauper at death, he drowned in the Ohio River. The city turned over his body for a pauper's burial to his friend A.Z. Hamock, the only African-American undertaker in town. Hamock preserved Atkins' body in an experiment with preservatives, and occasionally displayed it after his death. Hamock's wife had custody of the remains for 45 years, during which Atkins' mummy acquired increasing notoriety. The body of Atkins was finally buried in 1994, 66 years after he drowned. The event was covered by national media and TV.


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Intro  Biography  Representation in other media  References  

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