Selected Images of American Lynchings

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Selected Images of American Lynchings Source: Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America “Searching through America's past for the last 25 years, collector James Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America. With essays by Hilton Als, Leon Litwack, Congressman John Lewis and James Allen, these photographs have been published as a book ‘Without Sanctuary’ by Twin Palms Publishers.” Please be aware that much of the material is very disturbing.” http://withoutsanctuary.org Charred corpse of Jesse Washington suspended from utility pole. May 16, 1916, Robinson, Texas. Gelatin silver print. Real photo postcard. 5 1/2 x 3 1/2" Lynchers often paraded their victim down the main street, through black neighborhoods, and in front of "colored schools" that were in session. Jesse Washington, seventeen years old, was the chief suspect in the May 8, 1916, murder of Lucy Fryer of Robinson, Texas, on whose farm he worked as a laborer. After the lynching, Washington's corpse was placed in a burlap bag and dragged around City Hall Plaza, through the main streets of Waco, and seven miles to Robinson, where a large black population resided. His charred corpse was hung for public display in front of a blacksmith shop. The sender of this card, Joe Meyers, an oiler at the Bellmead car department and a Waco resident, marked his photo with a cross (now an ink smudge to left of victim).
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The lynching of Leo Frank. August 17, 1915, Marietta, Georgia. Gelatin silver print. Real photo postcard. 5 1/2 x 3 1/2" As celebrated as any court battle in the twentieth century, the trial of the "jew," Leo Frank, for the murder of "little Mary Phagan" pitted Jews against Christians, industrialists against workers, northerners against southerners, and city against country folk. It launched political careers and destroyed others, prompted the formation of the AntiDefamation league, and set the stage for the resurrection of a more sinister and brutal Ku Klux Klan. Leo Max Frank was arrested on April 27, 1913, the morning after Confederate Memorial Day. A grotesquely engineered trial led to Frank's conviction and a sentence of death by hanging. After Governor John Slaton's commutation of the death sentence, Frank was transferred, for his own safety, to a prison farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. On the night of
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This note was uploaded on 07/20/2010 for the course SOC 308 taught by Professor Kurtz during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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