Author to shed new light on X+Y=Z Preacher

Those who like a good mystery ought to set aside time Tuesday to attend the Limestone County Historical Society’s quarterly meeting.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., local history and true crime author Jacque Reeves will offer fresh details on a local legend of sorts — the Rev. Constantine Blackmon Saunders, otherwise known as the X+Y=Z Preacher, and the Rev. George W. Mitchell, who first penned an account of the preacher’s peculiar gifts in 1877.

Often referred to as the Sleeping Preacher, Saunders was known to fall into a trance-like state in which he would describe events that happened far away and write word for word the content of letters yet to be delivered. During his spells, he would tell of the location of lost valuables, diagnose ailments and even prescribe treatments.

He served as the pastor of the Mooresville Brick Church during the mid-1850s and asked Mitchell, a fellow minister who intermittently headed the

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