This is an ordinary tree that still bears witness to an extraordinary little African American slave girl. Located just off Main Street in the town of Marion, this tree is affectionately known as Sallie's Crying Tree. The tree served as the lone friend and mentor of a little slave girl, Sallie, who lost her family when they were sold to a Lynchburg slave owner in the 1840's. The tree somehow comforted little Sallie when she would wrap her arms around it and cry in loneliness. Sallie's Crying Tree was recognized at the town's sesquicentennial celebrations in July 2000. Sallie became a founding member of the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, the leading religious group that shaped the lives of most African American youth and children in Marion